Developing a research approach to explore therapeutic relationships with children and young people with complex needs: A critical reflection

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This article is a critical reflection on the development of a research approach to explore therapeutic relationships in psychodynamic music therapy with children and young people with complex needs. The article starts by positioning my research project within contemporary music therapy discourse, discussing literature from psychoanalysis, music therapy research and a broad range of related disciplines. This illustrates the development of a socially, culturally and politically contextualised understanding of the theory and practice of music therapy with people with complex needs and outlines the theoretical concepts which support and inform my research approach. Fricker’s Epistemic Injustice paradigm is used to provide a contextualised philosophical concept to explore why and how people with complex needs are frequently excluded from academic research. A critical disability study perspective is used to outline the need for inclusive research practice to develop epistemological frameworks and methodologies to include the voices of those marginalised in society. The article concludes with an outline of my current research project, discussing how the ideas previously described have informed the research approach and been integrated into the project design.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135945752210901
Number of pages1
JournalBritish Journal of Music Therapy
Early online date5 Apr 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Apr 2022


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