Musicoterapia e demenze: Teoria, applicazione e ricerca

Translated title of the contribution: Music-therapy and dementia: Theory, clinical application and research

Alfredo Raglio, D. Villani

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Music-therapy has undertaken a systematization process, which is going to increase its scientificity level. This involves important considerations regarding both the theoretical and the applicative levels, deriving from a severe effort intended to make the relationship between theory and practice more coherent as well as to present scientific research as the essential element of the music-therapy discipline. Starting from the biological-affective meaning the sound has acquired and from the role it plays as the origin of the individual's development, the present study describes the theoretical principles of the music-therapy intervention, which is primarily based on the sonorous-musical improvisation and on its related application guidelines. The theoretical references can be traced back to the psychological concepts of "intersubjectivity" and "regulation of the emotions", representing the idea according to which the individual uses the innate competences getting him in relationship with "the other", thus concurring to both the affective and the cognitive development. In this sense, we believe music-therapy is able to create a sort of archaic communication connected to the sensorial and expressive ways (of which the sound can be the vehicle) which naturally reveal themselves to "the other" and which are also shared and understood through the psychological-physical means. In spite of very few controlled and/or randomized studies in relation to this issue, in literature there are however a number of other studies providing evidence - by means of significant and well-documented data - of the effectiveness of music-therapy in patients with dementia.

Translated title of the contributionMusic-therapy and dementia: Theory, clinical application and research
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)528-532
Number of pages5
JournalGiornale di Gerontologia
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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    Raglio, A., & Villani, D. (2005). Musicoterapia e demenze: Teoria, applicazione e ricerca. Giornale di Gerontologia, 53(5), 528-532.