Measuring Supportive Music and Imagery Interventions: The Development of the Music Therapy Self-Rating Scale

Anthony Meadows, Debra S. Burns, Susan Perkins

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Previous research has demonstrated modest benefits from music-based interventions, specifically music and imagery interventions, during cancer care. However, little attention has been paid to measuring the benefits of music-based interventions using measurement instruments specifically designed to account for the multidimensional nature of music-imagery experiences.

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to describe the development of, and psychometrically evaluate, the Music Therapy Self-Rating Scale (MTSRS) as a measure for cancer patients engaged in supportive music and imagery interventions.

METHODS: An exploratory factor analysis using baseline data from 76 patients who consented to participate in a music-based intervention study during chemotherapy.

RESULTS: Factor analysis of 14 items revealed four domains: Awareness of Body, Emotionally Focused, Personal Resources, and Treatment Specific. Internal reliability was excellent (Cronbach alphas ranging from 0.75 to 0.88) and construct and divergent-discriminant validity supported.

CONCLUSIONS: The MTSRS is a psychometrically sound, brief instrument that captures essential elements of patient experience during music and imagery interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-375
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Music Therapy
Volume52
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

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Keywords

  • assessment
  • chemotherapy
  • music therapy
  • resource oriented
  • supportive music and imagery
  • symptom management

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  • Medicine(all)

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Measuring Supportive Music and Imagery Interventions : The Development of the Music Therapy Self-Rating Scale. / Meadows, Anthony; Burns, Debra S.; Perkins, Susan.

In: Journal of Music Therapy, Vol. 52, No. 3, 01.09.2015, p. 353-375.

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