What is the research and why is it important?
Alphonso Archer is a Music Therapy Master’s candidate from the School of Health and Social Wellbeing, at the University of the West of England, Bristol. His mission is to help Black men who have completed treatment for prostate cancer maintain their psychosocial wellbeing with the use of music.
Several research studies have reported using songs to address coping, withdrawal, expression, anxiety, fear, anguish, confusion, boredom, loneliness, and search for meaning in those who had cancer. Additionally, music is a cultural resource individuals draw on for their construction of self. This includes the emotional, memory, and biographical work they do to learn about themselves, their environment, and their social relationships – personal aspects that are imperative to attend to after traumatic experiences like cancer.
Alphonso’s project aims to show how music can be effective for Black men in helping to cope with the psychological distress associated with prostate cancer treatments and the development of alternate forms of support that focus on quality of life through leisure activities like music-making.