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Music-Based Interventions to Support Parent–Child Attachment in Early Childhood

posted on 2023-08-25, 04:47 authored by LALITHA JOY NEWMAN
Parent–child attachment quality has been associated with child outcomes (e.g., mental health). This thesis explores whether music interventions improve parent–child attachment quality through a systematic literature review and two studies focused on developing and evaluating a novel music-based intervention. Findings suggest that music techniques (e.g., singing) contribute to improving aspects of parent–child relationships associated with attachment quality. Additionally, the novel music-based intervention was found to improve parent–child attachment and related outcomes. Music interventions were also found to be acceptable to participants, suggesting that they may be suitable for dyads who struggle to engage with other interventions.


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Principal supervisor

Nerelie Freeman

Additional supervisor 1

Dr Sandy Stewart

Additional supervisor 2

Associate Professor Grace Thompson (external supervisor from the University of Melbourne, Australia)

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Department, School or Centre


Additional Institution or Organisation

The University of Melbourne, Australia


Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy

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Faculty of Education