Longitudinal Research Designs in Music Therapy: Recommendations from a Study of People With Dementia


Australian Journal of Music Therapy




Longitudinal research studies in music therapy are not frequently reported within the music therapy literature despite the need for these within the discipline. This article aims to encourage music therapists to undertake longitudinal research, by providing information on aspects of this type of research design. The authors discuss some advantages of longitudinal research approaches, and present the challenges expected to be faced by those conducting longitudinal research studies. Reflections on the authors' experiences in investigating long-term effects of music therapy on people with dementia are described, along with recommendations as to how future researchers might address or accommodate some of these challenges. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Alzheimer's and Related Dementias; Music Therapy; Neurodegenerative Disorders

Indexed Terms

dementia; longitudinal research; research design; Longitudinal Studies

Study Type

Editorial, Opinions, Position Papers

Document Type