Healing trauma with music: a qualitative study on how people have used music in their personal healing journey from trauma

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2010-12-15T19:14:30Z

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Coulter, Tracey

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This study examines how traumatized individuals have experienced some healing from trauma using music, on their own. Its significance is in its unique findings, contributing to the extensive body of trauma literature. Qualitative methodology and thematic analysis were used in this study. Five individuals who had experienced traumatic events took part in narrative interviews and were asked to tell the story of how they used music as part of their healing journey. Findings show use of music to emotionally regulate, to cope, and to connect and disconnect from people. Further research in the field is suggested including investigating professional musician’s music use to heal from trauma, music’s role in healing depression, and possible crisis intervention use of music.

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Psychic trauma, Music, Healing, Self

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