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Admission to the hospital can be a highly stressful time for children and their families. Music therapy may be implemented to reduce anxiety, help the child express himself/herself, and alleviate pain, among other goals. Parental opinions of programs and services provided for children are typically obtained only from mothers. Mothers and fathers interact differently with their child, so it is necessary to gather information from both mothers and fathers. This survey research examined the perceptions of mothers and fathers whose child receive music therapy. The sample consisted of 54 parents (44 mothers and 10 fathers) of a child who received music therapy while hospitalized within the last two years. Although both parents tended to rate music therapy highly, mothers were more likely to be knowledgeable of services and of what occurred in the sessions, while fathers were less likely to be aware that their child received music therapy and more likely to trust the mother's opinion. Findings suggest further research is necessary to more completely understand how parental gender differences affect perspective.
A Thesis submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Music.
Includes bibliographical references.
Jayne M. Standley, Professor Directing Thesis; Clifford Madsen, Committee Member; Dianne Gregory, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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