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Title: Personal identity narratives of therapeutic songwriting participants following Spinal Cord Injury: a case series analysis
Austin Authors: Roddy, Chantal;Rickard, Nikki;Tamplin, Jeanette ;Baker, Felicity A
Affiliation: School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
Centre for Positive Psychology, Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
Faculty of VCA & MCM, University of Melbourne, Southbank, Victoria, Australia
Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre, Austin Health, Kew, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 2018
Date: 2017-08-24
Publication information: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine 2018; 41(4): 435-443
Abstract: CONTEXT/OBJECTIVE: Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) patients face unique identity challenges associated with physical limitations, higher comorbid depression, increased suicidality and reduced subjective well-being. Post-injury identity is often unaddressed in subacute rehabilitation environments where critical physical and functional rehabilitation goals are prioritized. Therapeutic songwriting has demonstrated prior efficacy in promoting healthy adjustment and as a means of expression for post-injury narratives. The current study sought to examine the identity narratives of therapeutic songwriting participants. DESIGN: Case-series analysis of the individual identity trajectories of eight individuals. SETTING: Subacute rehabilitation facility, Victoria, Australia. PARTICIPANTS: Eight individuals with an SCI; 7 males and 1 female. INTERVENTION: Six-week therapeutic songwriting intervention facilitated by a music therapist to promote identity rehabilitation. OUTCOME MEASURES: Identity, subjective well-being and distress, emotional state. RESULTS: Three participants demonstrated positive trajectories and a further three showed negative trajectories; remaining participants were ambiguous in their response. Injury severity differentiated those with positive trajectories from those with negative trajectories, with greater injury severity apparent for those showing negative trends. Self-concept also improved more in those with positive trajectories. Core demographic variables did not however meaningfully predict the direction of change in core identity or wellbeing indices. CONCLUSION: Identity-focused songwriting holds promise as a means of promoting healthy identity reintegration. Further research on benefits for those with less severe spinal injuries is warranted.
DOI: 10.1080/10790268.2017.1364559
ORCID: 0000-0001-5220-9226
Journal: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
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Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Identity
Music Therapy
Self Concept
Spinal Cord Injuries
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