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The role of spiritually-oriented music as a form of intervention with alcoholic couples.

Author: Gallant, W; Holosko, M; Gorey, K.M; Lesiuk, T.
Author Background: School of Social Work, Univ. of Windsor, 400 Sunset Ave., Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9B 2P4
Date Fall 1998
Type Journal
Journal Title: Social-Work-and-Christianity
Volume/Pages 25(2): 115-129
Subject Matter Couple Therapy, Group Work, Research, Music-therapy; Alcoholism-; Couples-; Spirituality
Abstract This quasi-experimental investigation examined data illustrating the impact of rehabilitation and spiritually-oriented music intervention on addictive clients in a group work setting. The study compared a group of couples (N = 9) who received music intervention over a period of six weeks with a matched group (N = 8) who did not, using a pre- and posttest design. Standardized measures assessed at both pre and post included: marital problems, loneliness, and individual psychosocial problems. The main finding was that although on average the group which received music intervention did not show significantly more improvement on the major dependent variables, there were interesting and significant differences when the variables of gender and enjoying music were examined. Both groups reported significant intragroup gains in the variables assessed. Women in the music group who enjoyed music showed significant improvement on the outcome measure of loneliness at posttest than their non-music counterparts. (Journal abstract.)