Family members' perceptions of a Singing Medicine project in a children’s hospital

Blackburn, Carolyn (2019) Family members' perceptions of a Singing Medicine project in a children’s hospital. Nursing children and young people, 32 (3). ISSN 2046-2336

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Arts in Health projects are growing in number in the UK. One such project, Singing Medicine (SM), is offered to children with short and long-term health care needs at a Children’s Hospital in England as part of the Hospital’s Play Department. In an environment where children can experience loss of control over decisions and restricted play experiences, musical games and activities offer children affordances for choice and agency. They can also benefit parents and wider family members. In contrast to previous quantitative studies that explored the transferrable benefits of music participation for children, this paper reports on a qualitative study involving semi-structured interviews with families of children with long-term health care needs (ages 3 – 14 years old). A new concept of ‘The Hospital Family’ is introduced from analysis of data. Family members valued relational aspects of the musical games and suggested that benefits lasted beyond the life of the child. These findings are explored in the context of ecological systems theory and Froebelian principles.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number:
Date: 11 November 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: Singing; Hospitals; Families; Children; Play; Musical Games
Subjects: B300 Complementary Medicine
B700 Nursing
X300 Academic studies in Education
X900 Others in Education
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE) > Re-thinking Childhood
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA23: Education
Depositing User: Carolyn Blackburn
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2019 07:06
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2020 11:00

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