Music therapy as a protection strategy against toxic stress for Palestinian refugee children in Lebanon: A pilot research study


Approaches: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Music Therapy




This article presents a mixed methods pilot research study evaluating the impact of music therapy on the emotional and social functioning of Palestinian refugee children from Lebanon aged 7-11. The research aim was to verify the hypothesis that music therapy is an effective therapeutic method in lowering anxiety levels in children suffering from the effects of stress and trauma, and in strengthening their self-esteem and sense of agency, thus contributing to the development of their resilience. The specific geo-political and social contexts are explained, comparable studies considered, and data collection strategies outlined. Narrative data from music therapists is analysed thematically, complementing analysis of statistical data captured using standardised clinical evaluation measures. Findings indicating that music therapy had a positive effect on the children's emotional and social functioning are discussed as part of a broader reflection on possible future developments.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Mental Health; Stress; Trauma; Anxiety; Emotional Functioning; Interpersonal Relations; Psychological Outcomes; Resilience; Self-Concept; Subjective Measures; Children; Music Therapy

Indexed Terms

Anxiety; Children & youth; Childrens health; Emotions; Impact analysis; Palestinian people; Refugees; Trauma

Study Type

Case Study; Qualitiative Methods

Document Type


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