‘To be heard’: The social and mental health benefits of choir singing for disadvantaged adults

  title={‘To be heard’: The social and mental health benefits of choir singing for disadvantaged adults},
  author={G. Dingle and C. E. Brander and J. Ballantyne and Felicity A. Baker},
  journal={Psychology of Music},
  pages={405 - 421}
  • G. Dingle, C. E. Brander, +1 author Felicity A. Baker
  • Published 2013
  • Psychology
  • Psychology of Music
  • Compared with other members of the general population, adults living with a chronic mental illness or disability tend to participate less frequently in occupational and social interactions. This may exacerbate problems such as emotional flattening and social isolation. Supported activities like choir singing present an opportunity for meaningful activity and social connectedness for these individuals. The aim of this study was to explore the personal experiences of choir members (89% of whom… CONTINUE READING
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