Psycho-Educational Guidelines for the Use of Music in a Group Anger Management Programme for Children in Residential Care

By Deirdré Krüger and Belinda de Villiers.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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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

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp.25-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 610.156KB).

Assoc. Prof. Deirdré Krüger

Prof Deirdré Krüger - Associate professor, Further Teacher Education, School of Education, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Deirdré Krüger is Associate Professor at the University of South Africa, teaching barriers to learning and training educational psychologists. Her interests include neuropsychology, impairment in general, and animal-assisted post-trauma therapy.

Belinda de Villiers

Brentwood Park, South Africa


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