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There has been much research conducted to determine the effects of gender bias in healthcare fields such as nursing. However, there has been very little research on this subject done in the field of music therapy. This study attempts to identify the status of gender bias in the field of music therapy. Participants in this study were board certified music therapists currently working (or who have worked) in the field in the United States. This survey included responses from N=560 Board Certified Music Therapists. Results demonstrated that there was evidence and report of gender bias affecting music therapists (across all genders) working in the field in multiple aspects of their professional life. Gender bias was perceived at much higher rates among males and individuals who identified as non-binary then among females. Despite experiencing bias, the majority of MT-BCs reported having confidence in treating clients with gender differences.
Gender Bias, Gender Stereotypes, Music Therapy
Date of Defense
July 17, 2018.
A Thesis submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Music.