Qualitative Health Research Network


Dr Rosie Perkins

Music and mental health: Using qualitative approaches to understand how and why music can support recovery

Monday 12 November 2018, 10:30 - 11:30

Room W2.05, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL

The seminar starts at 10:30, but coffee is available from 10:00. Come and meet other network members!

A growing body of evidence links music with mental health and wellbeing. Music is inherently complex, being received and experienced subjectively, and research has aimed to uncover not only outcome effects but also processes and mechanisms of effect. This presentation illustrates how qualitative approaches have been incorporated into two mixed-method studies in order to investigate how and why music may support recovery among mental health service users and among women with symptoms of postnatal depression. Against a backdrop of the quantitative evidence of effect, the presentation will explore how the participants experienced making music and the ways in which they related this to their recovery. The presentation will conclude with provocations designed to spark discussion regarding the nature of evidence and the place of qualitative approaches in arts (and other complex) interventions.

About the speaker


Dr Rosie Perkins is a Research Fellow in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music and an honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College London. Rosie's research focuses on arts-in-health and performers' career development and she is programme leader for the RCM's ground-breaking MSc in Performance Science. Her research has been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Arts Council England, and has featured in a range of international journals and press. Rosie is a Fellow of the Institute of Mental Health at the University of Nottingham and of the UK's Higher Education Academy.

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