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June 2020

Some implications for the clinical use of music facilitated imagery.

Author(s): music-facilitated-imagery.

Journal/Book: Journal of Music Therapy. 1984; 21: Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. National Association for Music Therapy 8455 Colesville Rd., Suite 930 20910 Silver Spring, Maryland USA. 27-34.

Abstract: In this study, Helen Bonny's Guided Imagery and Music technique provided the base experience for questionnaire responses from short-term psychiatric inpatients, students and staff (total n=107). Independent measures of age range, sex, medication type, and recent relaxation proactice were compared statistically with dependent responses of skin temperature, perceived ability to relax, production of images, and perceived helpfulness of the experience. Results demonstrated increases in skin temperature and relaxation perception and defined the average experience as manifesting three concurrent imagery modes. Among the many independent-dependent variable relationships, some significant differences in mean responses were present. These differences and their possible clinical implications are discussed; further research in the area, including replication, is recommended.

Keyword(s): music, music-therapy, imagery, psychiatric-patient, relaxation-training, student.

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