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Comparative analysis of two musical genres within a multisensory environmental intervention


Dunn, K. S., Riley-Doucet, C. K.


Journal Of Holistic Nursing: Official Journal Of The American Holistic Nurses' Association, Volume: 31, No.: 1, Pages.: 62-70

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine if there were any differences in the behavioral responses of persons with dementia while listening to nonreligious and religious music within a multisensory environment.; Research Design: A within-subjects, repeated measures design was used.; Method: Participants were exposed to both musical genres during multiple sessions over a 4-week period. Neuropsychiatric symptoms were recorded before and after the musical intervention. Behavioral responses to the music were recorded while listening to the music.; Findings: No significant difference was found between the numbers of neuropsychiatric behaviors observed before and after the participants listened to the nonreligious and religious music. A significant difference was found between the musical interventions as a whole and the number of agitated behaviors before and after intervention. No significant difference was found in the observed behavioral responses with the nonreligious and religious music.; Conclusions: Music can be a useful intervention to reduce neuropsychiatric symptoms in persons with dementia.;

Bibtex Citation

@article{Dunn_2012, doi = {10.1177/0898010112461977}, url = {}, year = 2012, month = {sep}, publisher = {{SAGE} Publications}, volume = {31}, number = {1}, pages = {62--70}, author = {K. S. Dunn and C. K. Riley-Doucet}, title = {Comparative Analysis of Two Musical Genres Within a Multisensory Environmental Intervention}, journal = {Journal of Holistic Nursing} }


aged, aged, 80 and over, dementia, design, female, humans, male, measures, midwestern united states, music therapy, prevention & control, psychology, psychomotor agitation, religion and psychology, therapy, withinsubjects

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

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Type of Outcomes


Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Arts and Music Interventions (including Art and Music Therapy)