Group Drumming and Well-being: A Promising Self-care Strategy for Social Workers
Background: The purpose of this pilot study was to examine the influence of recreational drumming among social workers on measures of well-being, empowerment and connectedness.
Methods: A pretest–posttest design was used to evaluate outcomes among a sample of 73 social workers who participated in the two-hour “I–We Rhythm” program for recreational drumming.
Results: Results of paired t-tests analyses revealed significant differences in levels of stress, energy and feelings of empowerment and community between pre- and posttest measures. Medium effect sizes were seen for all results. As such, the results of this pilot study are promising but should be viewed with caution.
Conclusions: Recreational drumming is a promising group-oriented self-care strategy among social workers, who often hold high-stress occupations.
The purpose of this pilot study was to examine the influence of recreational drumming among social workers on measures of well-being, empowerment and connectedness.