A Meta Analysis of Group Music Therapy with Adolescents

청소년 대상 그룹 음악치료 효과에 대한 메타분석

  • Hwang, Eun-Young (Dept. of Music Therapy, Graduate School of Sookmyung Women's University)
  • 황은영 (숙명여자대학교 음악치료대학원)
  • Received : 2012.08.13
  • Accepted : 2012.11.19
  • Published : 2012.11.30


The purpose of this study was to analyze data regarding the effects of group music therapy with adolescents. 27 master's, doctorial theses and published articles between 2000 and 2012 were selected for meta analysis. Subjects, independent variables, dependent variables, and the number of session were used to compare the effectiveness of group music therapy program. 49 effect sizes using means and standard deviation from 27 studies were calculated. The results were as follows. The overall mean effect size was -0.14, which is small size effect, according to Cohen's ES interpretation criteria. The mean ES was influenced by the subjects(adolescents/maladjustment students/addictive students/students in facility), the ES of adolescents was the biggest. However there were no significant difference among subjects. During the independent variables(active music therapy/receptive music therapy/combined music therapy), combined music therapy showed the biggest efficacy. When results were sorted by the dependent variables (social/emotional/behavior/cognitive category), the ES of behavioral category was the biggest. However, there was no significant difference among them. The ES of 11~15 session was the most effective.