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dc.contributor.author Vermaak, Talita
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-11T17:00:13Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-11T17:00:13Z
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11070/1639
dc.description A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of aster of Art (Clinical/ Counselling Psychology en_US
dc.description.abstract SUMMARY: In this study the aim was to determine whether elderly people are lonely. The researcher also wanted to determine whether music in therapy is a suitable mode of therapy to alleviate or lessen loneliness. This study was conceived as the author felt that this creative mode may be able to achieve what other modes of therapy cannot do, namely transcend the limitations of language or provide a vantage point for the therapeutic process. The study focused on elderly people, as the elderly may be a neglected group as far as research in Namibia is concerned. The elderly may come from a generation where it is not as acceptable to talk about one’s problems. It seems as if they are reluctant to seek psychological help, therefore they may not always report their loneliness. Intuitively the researcher recognises the pleasure and personal value experienced through music and thought it to be an appropriate therapeutic vehicle. An intervention study was done. As part of the quantitative research a loneliness scale was administered to a sample of eight elderly from two old age homes in Windhoek. After this, the music in therapy therapeutic intervention using music as a tool took place and the loneliness scale was administered again. A semi-structured interview was used to add a qualitative flavour. This created a more personalised view and generated a deeper understanding of the topic. The intervention included music, which was familiar and soothing. One of the aims of the intervention was to let the elderly reminisce about the past. The experience of feelings and relaxation through music was also included in the intervention and possible communication with other members of the old age home was encouraged through this process. They seem to employ effective strategies to curb this loneliness, like for instance reminiscence. It is also suggested that their repertoire of skill increases with age as sustainability of manoeuvres becomes problematic. It further seems as if the music therapy intervention may have lessened some of the feelings of loneliness and thus contributed to the wellbeing of the elderly involved in this study. Music may provide a more sustainable manoeuvre to curb loneliness. Music in therapy may also enhance the quality of life especially in the lives of the elderly. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Namibia en_US
dc.subject Music en_US
dc.subject Therapy en_US
dc.subject Loneliness en_US
dc.subject Elderly en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Music therapy, Namibia
dc.subject.lcsh Older people, Namibia
dc.subject.lcsh Music, Namibia
dc.title Music in therapy and loneliness in the elderly en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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