Voice movement therapy: evaluation of a group-based expressive arts therapy for nonsuicidal self-injury in young adults

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Martin, Sophie, Martin, Graham, Lequertier, Belinda, Swannell, Sarah, Follent, Anna and Choe, Florence. 2013. "Voice movement therapy: evaluation of a group-based expressive arts therapy for nonsuicidal self-injury in young adults." Music and Medicine. 5, pp. 31-38. https://doi.org/10.1177/1943862112467649
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Voice movement therapy: evaluation of a group-based expressive arts therapy for nonsuicidal self-injury in young adults

ERA Journal ID45071
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsMartin, Sophie, Martin, Graham, Lequertier, Belinda, Swannell, Sarah, Follent, Anna and Choe, Florence
Journal TitleMusic and Medicine
Journal Citation5, pp. 31-38
Number of Pages8
Year2013
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN1943-8621
1943-863X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1943862112467649
Web Address (URL)https://mmd.iammonline.com/index.php/musmed/article/view/MMD-2013-5-1-5
Abstract

Effective and proven approaches for engaging and assisting young people who self-injure are yet to be established. The current study presents findings from 4 pilot trials of voice movement therapy (VMT) in addition to ‘‘treatment as usual.’’ Nineteen young women (mean age 20 years 3 months, range 16-25 years) completed 10 weekly group therapy sessions and a follow-up booster session. At posttreatment, there were statistically significant improvements in emotion regulation, alexithymia, self-esteem, anxiety, somatic symptoms and social dysfunction, and a nonsignificant trend for reduced depression and self-injury. All improvements were maintained at 8 to 10 weeks of follow-up. Results suggest VMT is an acceptable and promising adjunctive therapy for young adults who self-injure.

Keywordsnonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI); expressive arts therapy; voice movement therapy; music therapy; adolescents; young adults
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520302. Clinical psychology
320221. Psychiatry (incl. psychotherapy)
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