Journalism special investigation: the benefits of music therapy to those suffering with injury, illness or disability

Humphrey, Megan (2015) Journalism special investigation: the benefits of music therapy to those suffering with injury, illness or disability. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The power of music has been used as a healing tool for centuries and is now being used to provide healing of the mind, body, emotion and spirit. This is otherwise known as music therapy, an established clinical discipline that allows for positive changes in emotional wellbeing being. Research has proved the success of this therapy.
    This project contains four features which focus on the benefits of music therapy on those suffering from injury, illness or disability. All are written in the style of the Daily Mail. The first focuses on the benefits of music therapy on those suffering with mental illness. Speaking to sufferers directly, the article highlights the important role music has played in changing their lives for the better. Interviews with a leading charity campaigning to fight the stigma of mental health is also featured.
    The second feature looks at how a music and drama workshop supports people with learning disabilities. It focuses on the development of the attendees at the workshop and reflects how music helps them form their own identity.
    A professional opinion piece forms the basis of the third feature, with interviews from experts within the field. This feature explores the specific types of music used and medical benefits. Interviews with researchers are also included.
    The final feature looks at how the power of song helps those suffering with Alzheimer's and Dementia. With interviews from the national Alzheimer's Society this feature looks at the reliance sufferers have on music therapy in their daily lives.
    Accompanying these features is an analysis investigating the portrayal of mental illness in UK tabloid newspapers. This essay argues that the portrayal of mental health within print journalism is contributing towards a public misunderstanding towards mental illness, with reference to articles published in UK tabloid newspapers.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2015 14:51
    Last Modified: 07 Jul 2015 14:51
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/17621

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