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Daniel Uribe November 25, 2007 Professor Dowden Sociology 101 Positive Effects of Symbolic Interaction through Drumming Depression is the single most prescription drug-treated illness in the United States. In 2005; doctors diagnosed 118 million people with the condition, whom were all prescribed some sort of antidepressant (Schimelpfening). Such drugs will only temporarily relieve symptoms and have potentially fatal side effects, like serotonin syndrome (Whitaker). Surprisingly, despite the proven risks, “More than two-thirds of the studies of antidepressants given to children showed that the medications were no more effective than a placebo” (Pringle). Fortunately for the millions of people said to have depression; effective yet drug-free, music therapy treatments exist. These treatments help improve major psychological risk factors of depression, like low self esteem (Brewin). In 1994, a study conducted at the Stanford School of Medicine involving 80 year old subjects, showed that those who participated in weekly music therapy, experience less anxiety, stress and a higher self esteem than those who didn’t (Friedman). The development of a positive self-concept along with self-esteem, is highly dependant on our experiences and interactions with others, and is most prevalent during childhood (Henslin). However, the Stanford study suggests that regardless of age group, regular participation in activities which encourage uninhibited self-expression, allows people to quickly develop or improve their self concept and therefore reduce depression. Drum circles are a great example of such activities and were the primary sites studied through the participant observation described in this paper. In an attempt to develop a better understanding about the site, both qualitative and
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quantitative methods were used under the lager participant observation umbrella used to study the drum circle culture. Collecting data qualitatively through the internet, provided a foundation and some material for the on site interviews. However, it also made it difficult to avoid bias conclusions and hasty generalizations. The secondary analysis of literature which argued drums are treatments for depression was a boring process, and narrowed the perception of the environment into that topic. After realizing a lack of ambiguity, no more questions about the link between depression and drumming were made, and efforts to find correlations between the two topics, ceased. In contrast, the collecting of qualitative data through direct participation was quite easy and entertaining. People involved in the drum-circles, especially kids, were very welcoming and did not seem to mind embracing me as one of them. The only drawback of this method, was the fact that lack of experience in playing the drums, caused both physical and property damages; a thumb was bruised and a drum ripped. These things only happened once, as a lesson was learned. Sabina Sandoval created the “Free to be me” drum circle in 1999. After being a
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