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Advancing Healthcare Awards 2018 Blog: Assessment of Parent-Child Interactions

How music therapy can help adoptive families bond

New research just released by Chroma shows how the use of music therapy can help adoptive families to bond more successfully.

Four areas of parental skill capacity – mutual attunement, nonverbal communication, emotional response and child autonomy – were measured for nine families using the established Assessment of Parent-Child Interactions (APCI) method. Results showed a significant correlation in both emotional response (p=0.03) and parent-child interactions in music (p=0.04), suggesting a positive improvement in the family dynamic prompted by the therapeutic relationship.

Daniel Thomas, managing director at Chroma, said: “By being able to bring about improvements in these two areas, the family have a greater chance of growing and staying together. In addition, an improvement in emotional response and parent-child interactions suggests a positive development in the foundations and skill sets of the parents, potentially giving the child a new and valuable experience of being with their mum or dad.”

In 2016, Chroma were one of the top five providers of therapeutic support through the Adoption Support Fund. The company has an associate team of more than 70 therapists throughout the UK in all three arts therapy disciplines. Currently, 34 of Chroma’s associates are music therapists with 9 trained in delivering APCI.

Daniel added: “Using music therapy as an assessment tool can help to provide unique and detailed information for professionals and families while APCI contributes much needed quantitative data to add definition to the emotional and dynamical descriptions used by music therapists.”

As part of efforts to bring the efficacy of arts therapy to a wider audience, Chroma is sponsoring the Advancing Healthcare Awards for the new Realising Potential Through Creativity category.