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Title: The Meaning of Music in the Lives of Older People: A Qualitative Study
Contributor(s): Hays, TN (author); Minichiello, V  (author)
Publication Date: 2005
DOI: 10.1177/0305735605056160
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Abstract: This qualitative study describes the experience of music and focuses on the emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual well-being roles that music plays in the lives of older people. In-depth interviews were used to explore the meaning, importance and function of music for 52 older Australians living in the community aged 60 years and older. The findings revealed that music provides people with ways of understanding and developing their self-identity; connecting with others; maintaining well-being; and experiencing and expressing spirituality. The results show how music contributes to positive ageing by providing ways for people to maintain positive self-esteem, feel competent, independent, and avoid feelings of isolation or loneliness. The study highlights the need to be better informed about how music can facilitate and sustain older people's well-being.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Psychology of Music, 33(4), p. 437-451
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Place of Publication: London
ISSN: 0305-7356
Field of Research (FOR): 111712 Health Promotion
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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