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The role of musical possible selves in supporting subjective well-being in later life

Creech, Andrea and Hallam, Sue and Varvarigou, Maria and Gaunt, Helena and McQueen, Hilary and Pincas, Anita (2013) The role of musical possible selves in supporting subjective well-being in later life. Music Education Research, N/A (N/A). N/A. ISSN 1461-3808. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

There is now an accepted need for initiatives that support older people's well-being. There is increasing evidence that active engagement with music has the potential to contribute to this. This paper explores the relationship between musical possible selves and subjective well-being in later life. The research reported here formed part of a larger project that focused on how active music-making could support positive cognitive, social and emotional outcomes. The research comprised three UK case study sites, each offering diverse musical activities. A sample aged 50+ (total N = 398), some of whom were novices and others who are more experienced, was recruited to complete questionnaires that included open questions and measures of well-being. In addition, individual interviews (n = 29) and focus groups (n = 15) were carried out, where participants in musical activities reflected on the meaning and function of music-making in their lives. The interpretation presented here suggests that through music many older people found a means by which they were able to formulate well-understood and highly esteemed versions of their possible future selves. This, in turn, may have been a significant factor in helping to navigate the process of ageing in later life with enhanced subjective well-being, including a sense of purpose, a significant degree of autonomy and a strong sense of social affirmation.

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: possible selves, Older adults (65+), Music, Psychology, Wellbeing
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Lifelong and Comparative Education
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2013 09:15
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:04
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