Author

Xinrui Liu

Date of Award

5-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Music Therapy

Department

Music Therapy

First Advisor

Dr. Adenike Webb

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to understand the perceptions of Chinese-speaking music therapy students on cultural transition and personal therapy and to determine what impact these have on their learning process. An online questionnaire surveyed 13 Chinese-speaking music therapy students. Nine completed responses were analyzed by using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The questions focused on their demographic information, their attitudes toward personal therapy, and their attitudes toward the cultural transition process. The study found that 78% of participants sought any type of therapy and 55% of participants believe that personal therapy is extremely important for music therapy students. No one stated feeling stigmatized for receiving personal therapy. In addition, 89% of participants reported they had talked about their cultural transition process with others and believe personal therapy can help them adjust culturally in the United States. This study may provide valuable insights for school instructors, clinical supervisors, and personal therapists to improve their understanding and awareness about the struggles of Chinese-speaking music therapy students and the cultural transition process. This may also have positive effects on personal and professional growth for Chinese-speaking music therapy students.

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Music Therapy Commons

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