The Value of Music Therapy in the Expression of Emotions in Children with Cancer

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Title: The Value of Music Therapy in the Expression of Emotions in Children with Cancer
Authors: Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Román-Carlos | Noreña-Peña, Ana | Chafer-Bixquert, Teresa | González de Dios, Javier | Gutiérrez García, Ana Isabel | Solano-Ruiz, MCarmen
Research Group/s: Enfermería y Cultura de los Cuidados (EYCC) | Grupo de Investigación en Alimentación y Nutrición (ALINUT)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería
Keywords: Children | Cancer | Music therapy | Emotional responses
Issue Date: 22-May-2023
Publisher: Hindawi
Citation: European Journal of Cancer Care. 2023, vol. 2023, Article ID 2910350, 14 pages.
Abstract: Background. Children with cancer are subjected to aggressive tests and treatments that can affect their emotional states. Studies available in the academic literature analyse the effect of music therapy on the emotions of these patients are scarce. Objectives. The objective of this study was to explore and transform the emotional responses that may arise with the application of music therapy (MT) in children with oncological pathology. Methods. The methodology of this study was based on the participatory action research approach. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 27 children with cancer who participated in 65MT sessions. Interviews were also conducted with their families. Results. We conducted a thematic analysis using MAXQDA software. Three main categories emerged from this process as follows: (1) expression: children with cancer stated that MT made it easier for them to express their emotions, with indirect benefits to families; (2) participation: patients showed interest in the sessions; and (3) experiences: MT was valued and created a positive environment. The results of this research demonstrate the positive transformative power MT had on children with cancer in terms of their emotions. Conclusions. Positive results were achieved through MT that encouraged the expression of emotions by children with cancer and favoured and improved their moods. In addition, it also encouraged social interactions in the hospital and helped the children to better cope with their illness through self-awareness. Their families also benefited. Therefore, we encourage healthcare professionals to support the use of MT in paediatric oncology settings.
ISSN: 0961-5423 (Print) | 1365-2354 (Online)
DOI: 10.1155/2023/2910350
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2023 Román-Carlos Rodríguez-Rodríguez et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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