The role of music within the home-lives of young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities: parental perspectives
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⋅Music is often part of our lives.
⋅We asked parents what music is like for children and young people with profound learning disabilities at home.
⋅People listened to music more than they made music at home.
⋅Music is used for different reasons.
⋅Music can help families feel more connected.
Background: Music is weaved within our cultures; it is ever-present within daily-life and can considerably influence our mood, well-being and relationships. This study explores parental perceptions of the role of music in the home-lives of children and young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities in the UK. It considers parental views of how listening to and making music can shape the mood and behaviours of their child and their relationship.
Methods: Using a mixed-method explanatory sequential design and cross-sectional survey methodology, the study collected data from parents and carers of children and young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Data were collected from an online questionnaire (n = 48) followed by online one-to-one interviews (n = 10).
Findings: Parents reported that children and young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities more frequently listen to music than make music within the home. They also stated that music is used for enjoyment, to support mood-regulation and to add structure to the lives of young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Parents finally reported that listening to music together helps families feel more connected and strengthened their relationships.
Conclusion: This paper outlines the positive role music may have in the home lives of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their families.
|Journal||British Journal of Learning Disabilities|
|Early online date||10 May 2021|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 10 May 2021|