Date of Award


Degree Type

Honors College Thesis



First Advisor

Lachel Story, Ph.D., R.N.

Advisor Department



The purpose of this study was to determine the attitudes toward and willingness to use music therapy in the population without previous medical conditions and to determine if there was a difference in attitudes toward music therapy between genders and age groups. A 19-question, 5-point Likert scale survey assessing the knowledge and attitudes of music therapy was distributed via a faculty, staff, and student email listserv at The University of Southern Mississippi and Facebook. Additionally, two demographic questions were asked. Overall, the participants (n=184) in this study reported positive attitudes toward the use of music therapy. Females and adults ages 45-54 reported the most positive attitudes about music therapy. These findings support the use of music therapy as a complementary treatment option in these groups.

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Nursing Commons