A Working Model of Group Therapeutic Songwriting for Treating Children Survivors of Childhood Sexual Assault
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Childhood sexual abuse has been known to increase victim’s vulnerability to emotion dysregulation, PTSD, and depression. In recent years, music therapy has been increasingly used to treat children who were sexually abused in childhood. More specifically, songwriting, as an effective method in music therapy, provides children both verbal and non-verbal ways out of silence, by creating melody and lyrics together with the therapist. A five-step creative therapeutic songwriting model to treat the children victims of childhood sexual abuse is proposed in this article. Different steps of the model are as follows: (1) introduction to songwriting and free discussion, (2) analysis and formulation of lyrics, (3) music analysis and choice of style, (4) development of music, and (5) performance of song. A study has been done to test the validity of this songwriting model. Expected results of the study are that participants’ depression level will decrease and their ability of emotion regulation will increase.