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ISSN Print: 2394-7489, ISSN Online: 2394-7497
ICV 2019: 92.11

International Journal of Applied Dental Sciences

2020, Vol. 6 Issue 4, Part F

Music therapy as a tool for anxiety modulation in first-year dental students: A dose-effect study

AUTHOR(S): Lindsay Anderson, Neha Vazirani, Zahraa Allohaibi, Andrea Mantesso and Elisabeta Karl
ABSTRACT:This study aims to investigate whether there is a dose- effect relationship between music intervention and anxiety reduction in first-year dental students. We hypothesized that more frequent sessions of music concerts would result in a larger and longer lasting anxiety reduction outcome. To test our hypothesis, we invited first-year dental students to attend five live string-quartet music concerts over two consecutive academic terms. We assessed anxiety levels (STAI-6) and the students’ music concert perceived experience. Our results demonstrated that first-year dental student posed the highest anxiety levels before the series of concerts initiated. There was an overall significant reduction in anxiety levels, which plateaued over time. Dental students exhibited a strong positive perception of the live music concerts experience and wanted to have the music concert experience more often. We conclude that music concerts are a feasible tool to reduce anxiety in dental students particularly for female dental students.
Pages: 384-388  |  222 Views  8 Downloads
How to cite this article:
Lindsay Anderson, Neha Vazirani, Zahraa Allohaibi, Andrea Mantesso, Elisabeta Karl. Music therapy as a tool for anxiety modulation in first-year dental students: A dose-effect study. Int J Appl Dent Sci 2020;6(4):384-388. DOI: https://doi.org/10.22271/oral.2020.v6.i4f.1092
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