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Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria

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MOREIRA, Shirlene Vianna; FRANCA, Cecília Cavalieri; MOREIRA, Marcos Aurélio  and  LANA-PEIXOTO, Marco Aurélio. Musical identity of patients with multiple sclerosis. Arq. Neuro-Psiquiatr. [online]. 2009, vol.67, n.1, pp.46-49. ISSN 0004-282X.

Musical autobiographies consist of a powerful therapeutic tool by which individuals define themselves. The use of this technique may help (re)construction personal identities and improve quality of life of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Eight adult patients on treatment at CIEM Multiple Sclerosis Investigation Center after selecting 10 to 15 pieces of music most significant in their lives were interviewed. The data collected were classified according to Even Rudd categories, which reveal how a person expresses his personal, social, temporal and transpersonal identities. We observed that recall of musical history makes MS patients get better perception both of their feelings and body awareness, as well as provide them with an alternative way to express themselves, activate and contextualize affective memories, and achieving a sense of life continuity in spite of the disease.

Keywords : music therapy; multiple sclerosis; musical autobiography; quality of life.

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