Music therapy with neonatal intensive care unit-discharged mother–infant dyads: Developing a method for nurturing communicative parental efficacy (CoPE with music)

Galit Calderon-Noy, Avi Gilboa

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Abstract

While much advancement has been documented in the practice of music therapy in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) environment, there is currently a shortage of music therapy-based methods for NICU-discharged dyads. Back in their homes, mothers might feel alone, lacking guidance, and possibly losing their parental efficacy and their ability to communicate with their baby. In this article, we present a method for nurturing the communicative parental efficacy (CoPE) that was successfully practiced with several NICU-discharged dyads. In eight weekly sessions, the music therapist improvises with the dyad and focuses on (1) containing the mother’s emotions; (2) modeling musical interactions with the baby; and (3) practicing these musical interactions with the mother, enabling her to gain communicative parental efficacy. The basic ideas of CoPE are outlined, and a short case study is then described, to demonstrate how it is used. Finally, suggestions for future directions for the development of CoPE are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8553
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume18
Issue number16
DOIs
StatePublished - 13 Aug 2021

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Keywords

  • Dyadic therapy
  • Music therapy
  • NICU
  • Parental efficacy
  • Self-efficacy

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