Singing for wellbeing: formulating a model for community group singing interventions

Hendry, Natasha, Lynam, Siobhan and Lafarge, Caroline ORCID: (2022) Singing for wellbeing: formulating a model for community group singing interventions. Qualitative Health Research, 32 (8-9). pp. 1399-1414. ISSN 1049-7323

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Research into the benefits of community-based group singing, pertaining to positive wellbeing and Quality of Life is lacking. Additionally, no preferred theoretical framework exists for community singing-based interventions. For the present study, six members of a UK community choir were interviewed using a semi-structured interview approach. Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) was employed. Analysis produced superordinate themes of: Social Factors with key elements such as social bonds and group identity; Psychological Factors, highlighting self-efficacy, self-identity and positive emotions and Psychological Motivations for Joining the Group, including autonomy, change of life circumstance and seeking a new challenge. The style/method of the group, teaching, music and group leader, were shown to have an influence on perceived benefits of the singing group. A key product of this study beyond the evidenced benefits of group singing is the development of an intervention model that optimises wellbeing outcomes in community singing groups underpinned by psychological theory, findings from the wider literature and the results of this study.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1177/10497323221104718
Keywords: singing for wellbeing, singing-based interventions, group singing, community choirs, social prescribing, theoretical framework, person-centred social activity model, community health, social groups, social isolation, interpretative phenomenological analysis
Subjects: Psychology
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Depositing User: Caroline Lafarge
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2022 16:50
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 16:11


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