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Music Therapy and Parent–Infant Bonding$
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Jane Edwards

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199580514

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580514.001.0001

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Becoming in tune: The use of music therapy to assist the developing bond between traumatized children and their new adoptive parents

Becoming in tune: The use of music therapy to assist the developing bond between traumatized children and their new adoptive parents

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Music Therapy and Parent–Infant Bonding
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Tiffany Drake

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580514.003.0003

This chapter presents case studies on the use of music therapy to promote bonding between traumatized children and their adoptive parents. Music therapy can offer a safe and consistent space in which to explore and develop the capacity for a relationship for damaged and fragile children. The therapeutic relationship creates a triangle of support within which the parent-child relationship can be tested with less risk of betrayal, disruption, or abandonment. The music can provide a stable base which can affirm the presence of consistent support and additionally assist in developing the capacity for playfulness, spontaneity, and creativity both in the child and between parent and child. This allows the children and parents to find a shared rhythm and means of creative expression and communication without the need for words, and for those aspects of relating that words are unable to express.

Keywords:   music therapy, music therapists, parent-child bonding, adopted children, parent-child communication

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