This study explored the utilisation of a music anger management technique as an effective therapeutic aid in addressing the problems that children in residential care have in managing and expressing their anger. A literature review provided evidence that music can be a helpful tool in teaching children appropriate ways to manage their anger. An empirical study exposed five participants to a music anger management technique over eight therapeutic sessions. This technique was designed to include three main therapeutic goals: Anger management goals, personal development goals, and social development goals. Multi-method strategies to collect data included the Child Care Worker’s Questionnaire of Finch and Eastman, semi-structured interviews, Draw-A-Picture (DAP), metaphors, and official documents mainly containing the case history of the participant. Qualitative data analyses compared pre- and post-assessments and concluded that the music anger management technique can be used effectively to improve inappropriate anger management. Psycho-educational guidelines are proposed to assist the educational psychologist in using the music anger management technique in addressing unmanaged anger in children in residential care.
|Keywords:||Anger Management, Music and Emotions, Group Music Therapy, Music Anger Management Technique, Residential Care|
Prof Deirdré Krüger - Associate professor, Further Teacher Education, School of Education, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Brentwood Park, South Africa
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