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Music therapy with couples and families in the United Kingdom: a review

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A review of UK sources relating to the use of music therapy in work with couples and families revealed reports on family work with pre-school children in the context of a child development centre, with vulnerable young children in a child and family psychiatric unit, and with adolescents and their carers in clinical settings. There are no reports of music therapy being used in helping couples struggling with relational difficulties, or with managing their special needs children. There is also no mention of therapeutic help being extended to strengthening co-parenting with behaviourally challenging children. Music therapists do not appear to regard couple work as being distinct from family work and this could explain the scarcity of literature relating specifically to couples. It may also be that by limiting the definition of music therapy to rehabilitative work following physical injury the British Association of Music Therapy (BAMT) has limited publications on couple and family work in the UK.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2020

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