Effect of Group Music Activity as an Adjunctive Therapy on Psychotic Symptoms in Patients With Acute Schizophrenia


Archives of Psychiatric Nursing




The effect of group music activity as an adjunctive therapy on psychotic symptoms was evaluated in 67 patients with schizophrenia from an acute psychiatric ward of a regional hospital in south Taiwan. A pretest-posttest, two-group repeated measures design was used. The experimental group received 50-minute sessions of group musical activity five times a week for 2 weeks in addition to standard care. The severity of psychotic symptoms was assessed using the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS). Group music activity significantly reduced the scores in total and subscales of the BPRS in patients with acute schizophrenia.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Mental Health; Music Listening; Music Medicine; Music Therapy; Psychiatric Symptoms; Psychological Outcomes; Psychotic Disorders; Questionnaires; Recorded Music Listening

Indexed Terms

Acute Disease; Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale; Combined Modality Therapy; Psychiatric Department, Hospital; Psychotherapy, Group; Schizophrenia; Schizophrenic Psychology; Taiwan

Study Type

Quantitative Methods; Quasi-Experimental Study

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