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Invitation to Valgerdur Jonsdottir’s PhD-defence: Music-caring within the framework of early intervention.The lived experience of a group of mothers of young children with special needs, participating in a music therapy group

Time

07.11.2011 kl. 13.30 - 16.30

Description

Music-caring within the framework of early intervention.The lived experience of a group of mothers of young children with special needs, participating in a music therapy group

Valgerdur Jonsdottir

The study sought to find answers to the following research questions:

  1. What is the experience of mothers of special-needs children participating in a music therapy group introduced as music-caring?
  2. How do the mothers' experiences define music-caring?

A hermeneutic phenomenological research was designed which focused on the lived experience of a group of mothers of young children with special needs participating in a music therapy group introduced as music-caring. Seven mothers participated in the research. The inclusion criteria for the mothers were that they were neither acquainted with one another nor the researcher and that they had children with special needs born between 2001 and 2006 (0-5 years old). Their children did not participate in the research.

The purpose of the research was to develop an understanding of the participants' lived experiences through the mothers' voices, their descriptions and interpretations; to develop an understanding of music-caring from the mothers' perspectives and to discover whether the music-caring experience would affect their lives and the way the mothers related to their children in some way.

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Supervisors:

Professor Even Ruud PhD
Associate Professor Gro Trondalen PhD

Examining Committee:

Professor Svend Brinkmann, Aalborg Universitety (chair)
Professor Cahty McKinney, Appalachian State University, USA
Accociate Professor Randi Rolvsjord, University of Bergen, Norway

The defence follows PhD defence by Melody Schwantes. 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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