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‘Stroke a chord’: the effect of singing in a community choir on mood and social engagement for people living with aphasia following a stroke

Tamplin, J., Baker, F. A., Jones, B., Way, A., Lee, S.,

Academic Literature

2013

Communication deficits resulting from aphasia can negatively impact stroke survivors' relationships and social participation. Despite their difficulties, singing is accessible and enjoyable for many people with aphasia. A community choir was established and facilitated by a neurologic music therapist. Mood, communication, cognition, global functioning and social functioning were measured by using scales. Before joining the choir, participants had higher levels of negative mood symptoms and poorer subjective sense of belonging compared to Australian general population samples. Results suggested a trend towards reduction of psychological distress after participating in the choir. The study also showed increased confidence, peer support, enhanced mood, increased motivation, and changes to communication.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : NeuroRehabilitation

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Health and wellbeing, Transport and communication

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