Revealing the creative process in music psychotherapy by applying a test of creative thinking and clinical observational frames

Abstract : A recent multivariate approach to creativity implied multiple interactions between cognitive, conative, emotional and environmental factors for the comprehension of the whole creative process. This study analysed patients’ evolution with regard to the creative dimension. It was based on one-hour weekly music psychotherapy interventions over an eight months’ period. We wanted to present two concrete initiatives to reveal the creative act within a group of N = 31 patients in long-term psychiatric rehabilitation, suffering from various mental disorders, e.g. psychoses and addictive behaviours. Firstly, the “Test of Creative Thinking – Drawing Production” (TCT-DP), an expressive non-verbal tool resuming divergent thinking, was presented under neutral music induction conditions. Secondly, the elaboration of observational frames for clinical situations allowed quantifying of the observable behaviour during music production. The components of artistic and musical creativity underwent remarkable evolutions within the whole clinical group. These phenomena were not considered as being isolated from each other. They were rather complementary, representing a general concept of creativity. When carrying out further studies on the creative process in hospital environment, it would be advisable to proceed by a subdivision into specific clinical sets (e.g. schizophrenic psychoses and alcohol addiction) in order to develop detailed therapeutic projects.
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Myriam Scholer, Fabienne Lemétayer, Lony Schiltz. Revealing the creative process in music psychotherapy by applying a test of creative thinking and clinical observational frames. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, Taylor & Francis, 2015, 25 (3), pp.229 - 247. ⟨10.1080/08098131.2015.1034757⟩. ⟨hal-01815985⟩

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