Families living in poverty often experience stressors such as housing instability, poor nutrition, substance abuse, social isolation, mental illness, and violence in the community. These economic and emotional stressors often distract from consistent and supportive parenting and impacts the physical and mental health of children and adults.
In this study, Nagel & Silverman looked into the effects of music therapy on families experiencing poverty. They identified five music therapists who had experience or were currently working with families experiencing poverty in urban areas of the United States. The researchers conducted interviews with the music therapists and identified the following themes: