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November 2022

Echoes of silence

Journal/Book: Music Therapy. 1990; 9: 44-61.

Abstract: Describes 2 yrs of individual music therapy sessions with an elective mute woman diagnosed with catatonic schizophrenia. The author places this work in the context of current efforts to establish an indigenous research and treatment paradigm, efforts that require descriptions of clinical processes that are independent of existing psychological systems. Three implications of utilizing such "subjective" information as data are explored: An argument is presented supporting the notion that studying the personal motivation of the music therapist is integral in understanding music therapy process; data is used to demonstrate how one's implicit treatment approach can be made more explicit; lastly, the demands of a complete and accurate description of music therapy process actually require the inclusion of these nontraditional forms of data.

Note: music therapy; elective mute female with catatonic schizophrenia

Keyword(s): Catatonic schizophrenia; music therapy; elective mutism; adulthood

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