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Sounding the Pain: Exploring a Feminist Group Music Therapy Approach for Women with Contested Chronic Pain Conditions


Sounding the Pain: Exploring a Feminist Group Music Therapy Approach for Women with Contested Chronic Pain Conditions

Wissink, Ingrid (2020) Sounding the Pain: Exploring a Feminist Group Music Therapy Approach for Women with Contested Chronic Pain Conditions. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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There is an identified need for non-pharmacological approaches to address the unique psychosocial needs of women suffering from contested chronic pain conditions. Although music therapy interventions hold potential to address these needs, very little is written about how a music therapy treatment approach might be conceptualized for this population. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to make a case as to why group music therapy realized within a feminist approach is an ideal way to address the unique psychosocial needs of women with contested chronic pain conditions. A philosophical inquiry methodology situated within a feminist intersectional perspective used scholarly literature as the primary source of data to address this purpose. This involved a critical analysis where three overarching concepts contained in the subsidiary research questions were explored, conceptualized, and clarified: (a) unique psychosocial needs of women with contested chronic pain conditions; (b) music therapy interventions that can used to treat the psychosocial components of chronic pain conditions; and (c) advantages of group music therapy realized within a feminist approach for women with contested chronic pain conditions. Cumulatively, the information outlined in these overarching concepts created a cogent argument aimed at answering the purpose (i.e., primary research question) of this study. Limitations of the study as well as implications for music therapy practice, research, and advocacy are presented.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Wissink, Ingrid
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies (Music Therapy)
Date:September 2020
Thesis Supervisor(s):Young, Laurel and Thibeault, Charles-Antoine
Keywords:Music therapy, feminist music therapy, feminism, intersectional, anti-oppressive practice, oppression, music and imagery, vocal pyschotherapy, toning, chronic pain, contested illnesses, fibromyalgia, improvisation, songwriting, biopsychosocial model of pain, gate theory, psychosocial rehabilitation, guided music and imagery, GIM, psychoanalytic music therapy
ID Code:987444
Deposited On:25 Nov 2020 15:59
Last Modified:25 Nov 2020 15:59


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