Music in the care of people living with dementia: a cross-national study of staff perspectives

Music in the care of people living with dementia: a cross-national study of staff perspectives


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Vella-Burrows T

Year of Publication:
2012

Publisher(s):
Canterbury Christ Church University

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

This study sought to provide greater understanding of macro and micro cultures and experiences amongst a sample of dementia-care staff that may influence their perceptions, attitudes and practices relating to recorded and live music-making activities in care-giving situations.

The study aimed to identify similarities and differences amongst staff responses in England, Sweden, Italy and Barbados. Using a semi-structured questionnaire, focus group discussions and face-to-face interviews, data was collected from 95 care staff in 19 care settings: three in Sweden, five each in the UK and Italy and six in Barbados.

The results showed considerable variation in participants’ family-based music and singing experiences in the childhood home and in music education at school. Although this appeared to have some influence on senior staff who had jurisdiction over the application of music in their setting, it was difficult to reach an overarching conclusion on how influential these early music experiences were. The level of staff engagement in music activities appeared to centre more on to the perceptions of professional role, the settings’ individual culture and staff confidence.



Research Purpose: Primary Research

Participant Group: Adults

Art Forms: Music

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Vella-Burrows,T. (2012). Music in the care of people living with dementia: a cross-national study of staff perspectives. UK: Canterbury Christ Church University.