Singing and Wellbeing Across the Lifecourse

Evidence from Recent Research

Authored by: Norma Daykin , Louise Mansfield , Christina Victor

The Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Studies in Singing

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138061224
eBook ISBN: 9781315162546
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There is increasing recognition of the role of singing in contributing to a wide range of health and wellbeing outcomes. Drawing on recent research, including published data from the What Works Centre for Wellbeing’s evidence review programme, this chapter explores wellbeing outcomes and processes identified from quantitative and qualitative studies of singing. Using meta-ethnography, it synthesizes qualitative evidence to identify key underlying processes, including individual, social, and musical processes, that shape wellbeing outcomes of singing. It also discusses mediating factors in shaping positive and negative wellbeing outcomes and impacts.

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