The effect of music therapy services on classroom behaviours of newly arrived refugee students in Australia
Baker, Felicity and Jones, Carolyn (2006) The effect of music therapy services on classroom behaviours of newly arrived refugee students in Australia. Emotional and Behavourial Difficulties, 114: 249-260. doi:10.1080/13632750601022170
This pilot study examined the effects of a short-term music therapy program on the classroom behaviours of newly arrived refugee students who were attending an intensive 'English as a Second Language' secondary school. A cross-over design with two five-week intervention periods was employed with group music therapy sessions conducted one or two times per week. Data from the Behaviour Assessment Scale for Children were used to evaluate a range of positive and negative school behaviours. A significant decrease in externalising behaviours was found with particular reference to hyperactivity and aggression. No significant differences were found in other behaviours. Explanations and implications of these findings are discussed.