Group Music Therapy versus Individual Verbal Therapy for Mandated College Students

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Shelby O. Rosenblum (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Cathy McKinney

Abstract: College drinking has many implications for not only the student engaging in the drinking, but also for the college and public community as a whole. The purpose of this study was to examine two interventions conducted with students who had violated a campus alcohol policy for the first time. This study compared a single individual verbal therapy session with a single group music therapy session. Students’ drinking levels were assessed prior to the session as well as six weeks after the intervention. For a portion of the subjects, the Office of Student Conduct was contacted six months following the intervention to ascertain whether the student had been reported for an additional violation. No significant differences between the verbal therapy and music therapy groups were found in number of drinking days per month, drinks per occasion, peak blood alcohol content (BAC), typical BAC, or receiving second violations; therefore, music therapy may be an effective way to treat college alcohol use. More research is needed.

Additional Information

Rosenblum, S.O. (2014). Group Music Therapy versus Individual Verbal Therapy for Mandated College Students. Unpublished master's thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2014
Music Therapy, Alcohol Use, College Students, Motivational Interviewing, Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention in College, Students (BASICS)

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