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Keri B. Petrone is a 2014 graduate of the PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, New England

Disssertation Committee:

  • Roger L. Peterson, PhD, ABPP - Chair
  • Lorraine Mangione, PhD - Member
  • William Slammon, PhD - Member

Document Type

Dissertation

Publication Date

2014

Abstract

This qualitative research project explores how young adults make meaning of their family intergenerational solidarity through the use of music. The project employed a type of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) to unlock meaning-making themes among young adults. Data collection consisted of interviewing ten young adults whose family had unintentionally or intentionally used music to increase their family intergenerational solidarity. The interviews were semi-structured. This study attempted to capture the depth of each young adult’s meaning-making. Seven general themes emerged: (a) I have experienced bonding with my family members through the use of music; (b) I have experienced emotional and/or psychological change through the use of music; (c) I have experienced the transmission (up, down, or laterally) of musical preference and/or talent among family members, (d) I have had a strong emotional experience with music (SEM) in the presence of my family; (e) I have experienced the bonding of my family members over a musical performance and/or with the use of a musical instrument; (f) I have experienced music triggering the recollection of family memories; and (g) I found music to be meaningful during a holiday(s), tradition(s), or religious or cultural experience(s). The first theme, I have experienced bonding with my family members through the use of music, sets the scene for those which follow. The six following themes represent six ways in which the young adults obtained the first theme: greater cohesion with family members of different generations through the use of music. All ten of the young adults experienced the strengthening of their family intergenerational solidarity through the use of music.

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