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PhD Thesis: Xi Jing Chen: Music therapy for improving mental health problems of offenders in correctional settings.

PhD Thesis: Xi Jing Chen: Music therapy for improving mental health problems of offenders in correctional settings.

Music therapy for improving mental health problems of offenders in correctional settings.

Last modified: 16.09.2014

Music therapy for improving mental health problems of offenders in correctional settings investigates the effects of music therapy for offenders’ mental health through a randomized controlled trial (RCT) and a systematic review and meta-analysis. In addition, a case report, informed by existential humanistic theory, demonstrates the intervention process of the RCT through illustrating one patient’s therapeutic process of change. The results show the significant effects of music therapy on anxiety, depression, self-esteem, social functioning. This research will provide music therapists, forensic psychotherapists, psychologists, criminologist, and others working in the field new knowledge about the effects of music therapy for offenders, as well as a fuller understanding of music therapy in correctional settings.

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