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Striking a chord: How music and mantras influence resilience following a spinal cord injury
by Gerbic, Rachael L., Ph.D., Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, 2012, 195; 3509618
Abstract (Summary)

This research examines the phenomenon of developing resilience and thriving following a spinal cord injury and the influence of the words in music and mantras on this process. The first chapter is an introduction to the research, which explores the transformational process that takes place following a spinal cord injury and the various phases one passes through in the process of developing or building on resilience after this life-altering event. The second chapter outlines the existing literature and research that surrounds this topic, organized into 4 overarching themes, specifically spinal cord injury and rehabilitation, music therapy, the use of mantras, and the field of positive psychology and resilience. The third chapter provides an overview of the research methods used in gathering data for this phenomenological study, which included 3 in-depth personal interviews with 6 individuals who had experienced a spinal cord injury, who were identified by themselves and others to be thriving, and who used music and/or mantras in their recovery and ongoing resilience. The researcher identified overarching phenomenological themes through analysis of the interview content and drew out 6 structures from these that describe the essence of the experience of developing resilience and thriving following a spinal cord injury and the influence of music and mantras on this process. These structures are having or gaining a sense of one's resilience, getting influence/inspiration/reassurance from others, setting and achieving goals, having a healthy mind and body, being helped and helping others, and the importance of independence.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McCaslin, Mark L.
Commitee: Dufrechou, Jay, Krycka, Kevin
School: Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
Department: Global Psychology with a concentration in Transpersonal Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 73/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Alternative Medicine, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Mantras, Music, Rehabilitation, Resilience, Spinal cord injury
Publication Number: 3509618
ISBN: 978-1-267-36282-7
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