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The Soundtrack of Homelessness: A Study of Music Use Among Homeless Youth and Recommendations for Music Therapists Who Serve Them

Abstract On a given night in 2018, over half a million people were experiencing homelessness in the United States, and of those, about 36,000 were youth under the age of 25. Music is an indispensable part of young people’s identities and cultures, and understanding the ways in which homeless youth define their own musical preferences and use of music can help music therapists intervene effectively in youth homelessness as part of an interdisciplinary care team. The purpose of this project was twofold: 1) to conduct a descriptive research project pertaining to homeless young adults’ use of music and 2) to develop recommendations for music therapists based on research findings from the descriptive project and extant literature. Thirty-one homeless you... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Sample, Katherine Elizabeth (Author) / Belgrave, Melita (Advisor) / Glidden-Tracey, Cynthia (Committee member) / Ferguson-Colvin, Kristin (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Music therapy / Social work / Music / homeless services / homeless young adults / homeless youth / music and mood / music intervention / music therapy
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 56 pages
Language English
Note Masters Thesis Music Therapy 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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