Music can be an antidote for depression as well as emotional and behavioural disorders in adolescents and youngsters, a study has revealed.
Over 250 children belonging to the age group of eight to 16 years were involved in the research. They were being treated for emotional, developmental or behavioural issues. Out of these participants, 123 were given musical therapy whereas 128 underwent therapy without any music.
"This study is hugely significant in terms of determining effective treatments for children and young people with behavioural problems and mental health needs," Sam Porter, Professor at UK's Bournemouth University, was quoted as saying by News 18.
They were given musical therapy and it was observed that the levels of depression remarkably reduced in them, along with a better self-esteem in comparison to those who were treated similarly without any music.
"The findings contained in our report should be considered by healthcare providers and commissioners when making decisions about the sort of care for young people that they wish to support," Professor Porter said.
This study also found that children of 13 years or more, who received musical therapy developed their communication and interactive skill in contrast to those who were treated without music. The groups who got musical treatment also exhibited an improved social functioning, the research revealed.
"Music therapy has often been used with children and young people with particular mental health needs, but this is the first time its effectiveness has been shown by a definitive randomised controlled trail in a clinical setting," said Ciara Reilly, Chief Executive of Every Day Harmony.