Music Therapy as Grief Therapy for Adults With Mental Illness and Complicated Grief: A Pilot Study
This randomized, controlled, mixed-methods pilot study examined the effectiveness and experiences of grief-specific music therapy, in addition to standard care, with adults (N=10) who have complicated grief (CG) and mental illness, as compared to standard care alone. The study tested Worden's (2009) theories of grief therapy as well as a new grief-specific music therapy intervention, based on Shear, Frank, Houck, and Reynolds' (2005) imaginal dialogue intervention and Austin's (2008) method of vocal psychotherapy. Results demonstrated that participants in the experimental group had a greater decrease of grief symptoms, as measured by the ICG-R, as compared with the control group.
Music and Health Institute Terms
Emotional Regulation; Mental Health; Mental Illness; Music Listening; Music Medicine; Psychological Outcomes; Recorded Music Listening; Recreative Music Methods; Sadness; Singing a Song
Adaptation, Psychological; Combined Modality Therapy; Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders; Grief; Imagination; Mental Disorders; Psychotherapy; Psychotropic Drugs; Singing; Stress
Randomized Controlled Trial; Quantitative Methods
Psychiatry and Psychology
Iliya, Y. A. (2015). Music Therapy as Grief Therapy for Adults With Mental Illness and Complicated Grief: A Pilot Study. Death Studies, 39 (44201), 173-84. Retrieved from https://remix.berklee.edu/mhi-music-mental-health/117