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Becoming in tune: The use of music therapy to assist the developing bond between traumatized children and their new adoptive parents

Tiffany Drake

in Music Therapy and Parent–Infant Bonding

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580514
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728730 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580514.003.0003
Becoming in tune: The use of music therapy to assist the developing bond between traumatized children and their new adoptive parents

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This chapter presents case studies on the use of music therapy to promote bonding between traumatized children and their adoptive parents. Music therapy can offer a safe and consistent space in which to explore and develop the capacity for a relationship for damaged and fragile children. The therapeutic relationship creates a triangle of support within which the parent-child relationship can be tested with less risk of betrayal, disruption, or abandonment. The music can provide a stable base which can affirm the presence of consistent support and additionally assist in developing the capacity for playfulness, spontaneity, and creativity both in the child and between parent and child. This allows the children and parents to find a shared rhythm and means of creative expression and communication without the need for words, and for those aspects of relating that words are unable to express.

Keywords: music therapy; music therapists; parent-child bonding; adopted children; parent-child communication

Chapter.  9192 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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