n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Musiekterapie as intervensie-moontlikheid by laerskooldogters wat seksueel misbruik is

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



This article reports on the findings of an empirical study that explored the use of music therapy as intervention possibility with primary school girls who have been sexually abused. The research was based on a case study research design, and deployed educational psychological assessments, intervention and re-assessments, observation, interviews, analysis of documentation, field notes and a reflective diary as data collection strategies. Despite extensive literature on the positive effect of music therapy on healing in general, virtually no literature can be found on the use and effect of music therapy during educational psychological intervention with sexually abused children. In this article, it is argued that music has great potential as intervention strategy, supported by the findings of the study. Both participants illustrated positive change after the process of intervention and were able to replace selected negative experiences with positive emotions. Further findings include an improvement of their ability to express themselves emotionally, self-confidence, assertiveness, self-concepts, social skills and interpersonal relationships, as well as a decline in negative behavioural patterns and symptoms. Subsequently, both girls could perform on a higher level on the various domains of functioning.

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