The Markers of Interplay Between the Music Therapist and the High Risk Full Term Infant

ArticleinJournal of music therapy 47(4):306-34 · December 2010with20 Reads
Impact Factor: 0.80 · DOI: 10.1093/jmt/47.4.306 · Source: PubMed

The purpose of this research was to discover the markers of interplay between the music therapist and the medically fragile newborn infant. Video footage of 3 infants was selected to exemplify 3 significant events in the therapeutic process. Four expert reviewers viewed the footage and completed a video-cued discussion with the therapist/researcher. Reviews and discussions were collated with the therapist-researcher's post-session notes to create rich descriptions from which the articulated and inferred behaviors of both therapist and infant were thematically analyzed. The outcome was 14 sets of behaviors used by the medically fragile newbom infants to indicate availability for interplay and 20 sets of behaviors the therapist used in response to the infants. The interaction between these behaviors provided 7 markers of interplay between the music therapist and the medically fragile newborn infant.

    • "Although, the utilised research strategies and operational techniques (Tuckett, 2005a) coupled with findings confirmed in other studies (e.g. Magill, 2010; Shoemark & Grocke, 2010; Cevasco, 2010 ), suggest transferability and thus overall trustworthiness (Tuckett, 2005a). Further investigation of care providers' views must be examined in order to understand how to best deliver and provide MT services in residential aged care. "
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    • "Issues of interpretation are problematic when working with non-verbal participants and the tri-tiered method aims to counter this through focusing on description and inference [27]. A precedent for the use of this qualitative tool in music therapy was established by Shoemark and Grocke [29]. The three steps of this method are: (1) Description, (2) Analysis and (3) Interpretation. "
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