- Cao, Erica [Browse]
- Senior thesis
- 72 pages
- Comer, Ronald [Browse]
- Woolfolk, Robert [Browse]
- Princeton University. Department of Psychology [Browse]
- Class year
- Restrictions note
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- Summary note
- Music intervention programs include various components, such as group musical activities,
instrumental skills, improvisation, and music listening, but hitherto, there have been no programs
that have incorporated a service component. The present study describes a novel service-oriented
program called “Genuine Medicine” that was developed and implemented by the author in the
summer of 2012. Two empirical studies were conducted to investigate the effects of the Genuine
Medicine program on levels of empathy, self-esteem, and prosocial behavior in delinquent youth.
Results suggest that the Genuine Medicine program increases positive attitudes toward the self
and toward others (Experiment 1) and may be more effective in strengthening empathy and
prosocial behavior compared to a general music program (Experiment 2). Case studies of two
youth in the Genuine Medicine program are also presented. Together, the studies speak to the
positive social and behavioral effects of the Genuine Medicine program and to the promise of
incorporating service components into music intervention programs. The applications and future
directions of music interventions and music therapy are discussed.
Keywords: music intervention, music therapy, empathy, self-esteem, prosocial behavior