As multidisciplinary research continues to uncover the promise of non-invasive interventions such as music in mental health treatment, clinicians, researchers, and music scholars alike have increasingly come together through the field of music psychology. As such, it is unsurprising that some of the most significant findings have come from cross-disciplinary studies in music and medicine. The juxtaposition of music and mental health creates a unique and substantial need for integration of literature across multiple disparate settings, including clinical psychology, education, neuroscience, music therapy, behavioral medicine, and psychiatry. Through methodological application of a textual narrative evidence synthesis, this review examines multiple modes of research, from randomized control trials and longitudinal studies to qualitative case material and phenomenological analysis. Psychologists and other mental health professionals will benefit from this review by learning what musical interventions are currently used in practice, for what purposes, and to what outcomes. The primary aim of this systematic review is to examine musical interventions for adolescent trauma survivors. This dissertation explores the following questions: How are clinicians using music with adolescents with histories of trauma? What musical interventions are used to improve affect regulation and other associated symptoms? What are the outcomes of musical interventions for traumatized adolescents?

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Music therapy for teenagers; Music therapy; Psychic trauma in adolescence

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Graduate School of Education and Psychology



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Thema S. Bryant-Davis