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Masters Thesis

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School for Social Work


College students-Mental health services, Music-Study and teaching (Higher)-Psychological aspects, Music students-Mental health, Counseling in higher education, College counseling, Music majors, Mental health service accessibility


Based on the perceptions of 11 college counselors interviewed at 5 private universities and music conservatories throughout New England, this qualitative research study examined the accessibility and desirability of college counseling services for music majors presenting with mental health issues. Findings suggested that the desirability of college counseling services would increase if there were more outreach and advertisements toward music majors from counseling centers. Participants reported that more flexible hours and increase in staff to accommodate the unique needs of music majors would be the solution to improving accessibility. An unexpected finding in this study was reported instructor abuse of music majors. Further findings suggest the need to examine the culture of music programs and the relationships between music majors and their instructors. This study’s findings also provided implications for clinical practice and policy in college counseling centers.




81 pages. M.S.W., Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Ma., 2016. Includes bibliographical references (pages 68-70)

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