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Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Stacy Wood

Reader 2

Heejung Park

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This study proposes an investigation of the role of cultural sensitivity when treating Indigenous communities within the United States, specifically in the case of music therapy as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In this quasi-experimental study, each participant will receive either existing music therapy or culturally sensitive music therapy and will be assessed at select times during the treatment. The assessments will focus on the comparison between symptomatology each time the test is given in order to identify which treatment is more effective. This study predicts a significant decrease in PTSD symptomatology, as assessed by the PTSD PCL-5 checklist, over the course of culturally sensitive/aware treatment. Indigenous populations are important to research for the purpose of finding possible treatment options for PTSD and expanding existing psychological research on Indigenous populations in the United States.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.