A Qualitative Study of Group Therapy Incorporating Rap Music with Incarcerated Individuals
This study aims to explore the lived experiences of the incarcerated population by incorporating elements of rap music in group psychotherapy. The group involved components of rap music such as emotional expression, songwriting, community building, free-styling, and making beats, which can be beneficial for individuals experiencing typical symptoms of incarceration such as anxiety, self-discovery, and difficulties regulating emotion. The researchers recruited 10 volunteer adults currently incarcerated (5 male; 5 female), two facilitators (including the first author), and their supervisor to participate in a five-week integrated psychotherapy and rap group. Qualitative data were collected through an interview process. The researchers analyzed the data with a narrative approach, finding three main themes: (a) affirmation and reflection of identity; (b) connection to others and building relationships; and (c) escape from the present.
Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education
creativity in counseling, drumming, group therapy, improvisation, inmates, rap, songwriting
Richards, Abigail, Niguel Maia Hoskin, R. Paul Maddox, and Jeffrey HD Cornelius-White. "A Qualitative Study of Group Therapy Incorporating Rap Music with Incarcerated Individuals." Journal of Creativity in Mental Health 14, no. 4 (2019): 478-491.
Journal of Creativity in Mental Health