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Invitation to Melody Schwantes’s PhD-defence: “Music Therapy’s Effects on Mexican Migrant Farmworkers’ Levels of Depression, Anxiety and Social Isolation: A Mixed Methods Randomized Control Trial Utilizing Participatory Action Research

Time

07.11.2011 kl. 09.30 - 12.30

Description

Music Therapy’s Effects on Mexican Migrant Farmworkers’ Levels of Depression, Anxiety and Social Isolation: A Mixed Methods Randomized Control Trial Utilizing Participatory Action Research

Melody Schwantes

In the United States, the agricultural industry is dependent on men and women from Mexico who migrate throughout the country – often independently of their families - to participate in the care and harvest of crops. Separation from families and difficult working conditions create high frequencies of mental health issues such as high heart rate, upset stomachs, and difficult breathing often associated with depression and anxiety. Mental health counselors and facilities often are not able to meet the needs in culturally sensitive ways presented by this population.

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of music therapy on Mexican farmworkers’ levels of depression, anxiety, and social isolation. In addition, this study sought to examine how the migrant farmworkers used music-making sessions between music therapy sessions as a coping skill to further improve their overall mental health. Finally, this study sought to examine how migrant farmworkers engaged in the research process and how they valued their relationship with the researcher.

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Supervisors:

Prof. Tony Wigram
Prof. Cathy McKinney
Assoc. Prof. Niels Hannibal

Examining Committee:

Professor Even Ruud, Oslo and Aalborg University (chair)
Accociate Professor Felicity Baker, The University of Queensland, Australia
Professor Brynjulf Stige, University of Bergen, Norway

The defence is followed by Valgerdur Jonsdottir’s PhD-defence. Department of Communication and Psychology will host a sandwich in the time between the two defences. The defences will be followed by a reception hosted by Department of Communication and Psychology.

Everybody is welcome to the defence.

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