Song lyrics and the alteration of self-image
2011 (English)In: Nordisk tidskrift for musikkterapi - Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, ISSN 0809-8131, Vol. 20, no 3, 225-241 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In order to examine, from a patient perspective, the role music plays as a coping method when facing cancer, I conducted a qualitative study based on semi-structured interviews with 17 cancer patients. The patients were between 24-73 years of age and had used music (listened to or played music) to cope with their illness. In this article, four case studies served to highlight one of the major findings: that the lyrics of religious, “cheerful”, and hard and heavy music can help cancer patients obtain a balance in their inner feelings by identifying themselves with the person to whom the song lyrics are addressed. This result may be of interest to therapists using music therapy interventions, especially with patients suffering from serious illness.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Routledge, 2011. Vol. 20, no 3, 225-241 p.
cancer, music lyric, coping, music therapy
Research subject Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-150666DOI: 10.1080/08098131.2011.604527OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-150666DiVA: diva2:408228
ProjectsMusic as a coping method
FunderSwedish Research Council, Dr. nr. 427-2005-8715
Project: Music as a coping method: a study of the role of music in coping with cancer from patients' perspective (ongoing)2011-04-042011-04-042013-02-26Bibliographically approved