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Singing the Blues: A Literature Review of the Effects of Music on Postnatal Depression


Terry, MM and Terry, DR, Singing the Blues: A Literature Review of the Effects of Music on Postnatal Depression, International Journal of Innovative Interdisciplinary Research, 1, (3) pp. 55-67. ISSN 1839-9053 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Postnatal depression, also known as postpartum depression, is not a new condition, but has been well documented for decades, as have the treatments. The most common treatments for postnatal depression include pharmacological, psychological, psychosocial, relaxation and other holistic methods and may be used individually or in various combinations. Recently, the western world has come to acknowledge and use more traditional or complementary and alternative styles of therapy. These specifically include massage, meditation and yoga, and music therapy. Music has become more popular as more research defines its power over the body, both physically and mentally. It is anticipated with the right information any woman, no matter her location, could use this powerful tool to alleviate the symptoms of postnatal depression. This would also save further distress of separation from family and other support networks as well as reduce financial burdens when seeking care. A literature review was conducted to determine if this relatively new intervention in western society has been used and to determine what the outcomes have been. Currently, no research has been conducted which relates to the use of music as an intervention for women with postnatal depression, particularly those in rural areas.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:depression, music listening, music therapy, postnatal depression, postpartum depression, treatment
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine
Research Field:Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Terry, MM (Mrs Melissa Terry)
UTAS Author:Terry, DR (Mr Daniel Terry)
ID Code:82188
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2013-01-18
Last Modified:2017-08-25
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