Music therapy to support mothers who have experienced abuse in childhood

Toni Day and Helen Bruderer

in Music Therapy and Parent–Infant Bonding

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580514
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728730 | DOI:
Music therapy to support mothers who have experienced abuse in childhood

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This chapter describes a music therapy programme for support women who have experienced childhood abuse. The project, which provided twelve weekly sessions for twenty women in three different groups, found that the process of writing songs and then recording and performing these songs contributed to a sense of pride and achievement for participants. For some of the women this process was experienced as providing closure on their childhood experiences. This programme was facilitated by a social worker and music therapist. It was designed to enable the women participants to explore and resolve their experiences so that they were able to parent more effectively and safely. The women participants had experienced childhood physical, emotional, and sexual abuse and were identified as ‘at risk’ of continuing the cycle of abuse with their own children. By addressing the needs of these parents regarding their abusive childhood experiences, their ongoing attachments with their own children was able to be strengthened.

Keywords: child abuse; abused children; parenting; music therapy; attachment

Chapter.  8445 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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