ISBN: 978-1-899253-33-3

Singing and health: A systematic mapping and review of non-clinical research


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Clift S, Hancox G, Staricoff RL, Whitmore C

Year of Publication:
2008

Publisher(s):
Canterbury Christ Church University

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

This review aims to: systematically identify existing published research on singing, wellbeing and health; to map this in the forms of singing investigated, designs and methods employed, and participants involved; to critically appraise this research and synthesise findings to consider the possible benefits of singing for health.

Screening of resources found 54 relevant papers, the earliest from 1960, with most from the 1990s onwards. Some 19 studies were excluded. The remaining papers were highly variable in content, design and quality. The review concludes that singing helps the emotional and physical release of stress and tension; increases self-confidence; gives a sense of happiness and greater wellbeing; provides cognitive stimulation; offers contact with likeminded others, and gives a sense of meaningful contribution to the wider community.



Evidence Type: Systematic Review

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Literature Review

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Clift, S., Hancox, G., Staricoff, R., & Whitmore, C. (2008). Singing and health: A systematic mapping and review of non-clinical research . Canterbury: Canterbury Christ Church University.