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The purpose of this study was to assess psychiatric patients' perception of music therapy activity relevance to community life skills versus on-task behavior as an indicator of daily functioning ability. The subjects consisted of nine clients, five females and four males. Those who agreed to participate in the study were diagnosed mainly with various forms of Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective disorders; subjects ranged from ages 31 to 64. The subjects attended eight total sessions: four lyric analysis discussions, and four performance activity sessions. At the conclusion of each session, subjects completed a questionnaire, created by the researcher, concerning their feelings on the relevance of the activity to community life skills. Each session two observers recorded on-task data using the Behavioral Observation Form (Madsen & Madsen, 1998). A One-way ANOVA indicated no significant difference. A Two-way ANOVA demonstrated no significant difference between either the lyric analysis session or the performance activity session. There was no significant difference in the on-task behavior of the subjects across time or between the two types of sessions.
Perception, Music Therapy, Psychiatric, Lyric Analysis, Perfomance
Date of Defense
June 9, 2004.
A Thesis submitted to the School 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; Diane Gregory, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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