Psychology of Music ( IF 1.712 ) Pub Date : 2021-04-20 , DOI: 10.1177/03057356211005844 Esther García-Valverde, Marta Badia Corbella, María Begoña Orgaz Baz
Previous studies have shown the benefits of group therapeutic songwriting (GTSW) in the quality of life and well-being of caregivers of people with dementia. The objective of this study was to explore the experience of caregivers in a collaborative process of songwriting. Twenty-one caregivers divided into three groups received 12 60-min GTSW sessions led by a qualified music therapist. Inductive thematic analysis was used to analyze open-question questionnaires, a focus group, the last session video, and song lyrics. Four themes emerged: (1) GTSW generates a sense of connection, (2) it is a motivating, empowering, and meaningful experience, (3) it promotes emotional connection in a personal space, and (4) it increases well-being. Qualitative findings suggest that GTSW is a therapeutic tool that promotes caregivers’ connectivity, expression of emotions, and well-being. Limitations and suggestions for future research are discussed.