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The Role of Music-Based Activities in Fostering Well-Being of Adolescents: Insights from a Decade of Research (2008–2018)

  • Imelda S. CaleonEmail author
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Abstract

The aim of this review was to identify underpinning mechanisms and outcomes featured in music-based intervention activities aiming to foster well-being of adolescents. Twenty-seven databases were searched spanning 10 years (2008–2018), with 13 articles meeting the inclusion criteria. Application of thematic analysis resulted in three key themes: (1) music-based activities as catalyst for relationship building, (2) music-based activities as means for self-expression and self-regulation and (3) music-based activities as resource for self-transformation. These themes were deemed to be underpinned by the promotion of the satisfaction of students’ basic psychological needs of competence, relatedness and autonomy. Suggestions for further studies are presented.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, for offering grant support to Project OER 21/17 ISC (IRB-2018-03-037). Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NIE.

List of Reviewed Articles

  1. A1. Barrera, M. E., Rykov, M. H., & Doyle, S. L. (2002). The effects of interactive music therapy on hospitalized children with cancer: A pilot study. Psycho-Oncology, 11(5), 379–388.Google Scholar
  2. A2. McFerran, K. S., & Shoemark, H. (2013). How musical engagement promotes well-being in education contexts: The case of a young man with profound and multiple disabilities. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 8(1), 1–14.Google Scholar
  3. A3. Barrett, M. S., & Baker, J. S. (2012). Developing learning identities in and through music: A case study of the outcomes of a music programme in an Australian juvenile detention centre. International Journal of Music Education, 30(3), 244–259.Google Scholar
  4. A4. Cheong-Clinch, C. (2009). Music for engaging young people in education. Youth Studies Australia, 28(2), 50–57.Google Scholar
  5. A5. Clennon, O., & Boehm, C. (2014). Young musicians for heritage project: Can a music-based heritage project have a positive effect on well-being? Music Education Research, 16(3), 307–329.Google Scholar
  6. A6. Flores, K., van Niekerk, C., & le Roux, L. (2016). Drumming as a medium to promote emotional and social functioning of children in middle childhood in residential care. Music Education Research, 18(3), 254–268.Google Scholar
  7. A7. Gold, C., Saarikallio, S., Crooke, A. H. D., & McFerran, K. S. (2017). Group music therapy as a preventive intervention for young people at risk: Cluster-randomized trial. The Journal of Music Therapy, 54(2), 133–160.Google Scholar
  8. A8. Wood, L., Ivery, P., Donovan, R., & Lambin, E. (2013). “To the beat of a different drum”: Improving the social and mental wellbeing of at-risk young people through drumming. Journal of Public Mental Health, 12(2), 70–79.Google Scholar
  9. A9. Anthony, B., Weston, D., & Vallen, S. (2018). Thumbs up: The effective use of music in health and well-being education for Australian Aboriginal youth in remote communities. International Journal of Community Music, 11(1), 71–89.Google Scholar
  10. A10. Baker, F. A., Jeanneret, N., & Clarkson, A. (2018). Contextual factors and wellbeing outcomes: Ethnographic analysis of an artist-led group songwriting program with young people. Psychology of Music, 46(2), 266–280.Google Scholar
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  12. A12. Lee, K. S., Jeong, H. C., Yim, J. E., & Jeon, M. Y. (2016). Effects of music therapy on the cardiovascular and autonomic nervous system in stress-induced university students: A randomized controlled trial. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 22(1), 59–65.Google Scholar
  13. A13. Porter, S., McConnell, T., McLaughlin, K., Lynn, F., Cardwell, C., Braiden, H. J., et al. (2017). Music therapy for children and adolescents with behavioural and emotional problems: A randomised controlled trial. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 58(5), 586–594.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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