Chengcheng Du

Date of Award


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Degree Name

Master of Science in Music Therapy


Music Therapy

First Advisor

Dr. Heather Wagner


Music therapy has been proposed by many researchers and healthcare professionals (Beck, 2002; Simavli et al., 2014; Tseng et al., 2010) as an effective solution to treat Postpartum Depression (PPD). In this study, the causes of PPD, treatment and prevention of PPD, and the use and results of music therapy with pregnant women and/or mothers with PPD were examined to understand the effectiveness of music therapy and potential treatments for mothers with PPD. This qualitative study employed individual and semi-structured interviews of therapists working with women with PPD. All interviews were recorded and transcribed, then the data were summarized into four main categories of keywords. An analysis of individual and inter-categorical relationships was performed. The results suggested that music therapy is an effective approach of alleviating and preventing PPD, through creating a calm mental state, helping women develop confidence, building interpersonal connections and relationships, and decreasing negative thoughts. Music therapy can also be used as an adjunct treatment to counseling.

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Music Therapy Commons