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Song lyrics and the alteration of self-image
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
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
Abstract [en]

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.

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Oxford: Routledge, 2011. Vol. 20, no 3, 225-241 p.
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cancer, music lyric, coping, music therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-150666DOI: 10.1080/08098131.2011.604527OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-150666DiVA: diva2:408228
Music as a coping method
Swedish 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)

Available from: 2011-04-04 Created: 2011-04-04 Last updated: 2013-02-26Bibliographically approved

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