Title

Voice movement therapy: evaluation of a group-based expressive arts therapy for nonsuicidal self-injury in young adults

RIS ID

90476

Publication Details

Martin, S., Martin, G., Lequertier, B., Swannell, S., Follent, A. and Choe, F. "Voice movement therapy: evaluation of a group-based expressive arts therapy for nonsuicidal self-injury in young adults." Music and Medicine 5 .1 (2013): 31-38.

Abstract

Effective and proven approaches for engaging and assisting young people who self-injure are yet to be established. The current study presents findings from 4 pilot trials of voice movement therapy (VMT) in addition to “treatment as usual.” Nineteen young women (mean age 20 years 3 months, range 16-25 years) completed 10 weekly group therapy sessions and a follow-up booster session. At posttreatment, there were statistically significant improvements in emotion regulation, alexithymia, self-esteem, anxiety, somatic symptoms and social dysfunction, and a nonsignificant trend for reduced depression and self-injury. All improvements were maintained at 8 to 10 weeks of follow-up. Results suggest VMT is an acceptable and promising adjunctive therapy for young adults who self-injure.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1943862112467649