The effects of playing music on mental health outcomes
Laura W Wesseldijk, Fredrik Ullen, Miriam A Mosing
SCIENTIFIC REPORTS | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2019
The association between active musical engagement (as leisure activity or professionally) and mental health is still unclear, with earlier studies reporting contrasting findings. Here we tested whether musical engagement predicts (1) a diagnosis of depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar or stress-related disorders based on nationwide patient registers or (2) self-reported depressive, burnout and schizotypal symptoms in 10,776 Swedish twins. Information was available on the years individuals played an instrument, including their start and stop date if applicable, and their level of achievement. Survival analyses were used to test the effect of musical engagement on the incidence of psych..View full abstract
Awarded by Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation
Awarded by Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation
Awarded by Swedish Research Council
The present work was supported by the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation (MAW 2018.0017), and the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation (M11-0451:1). We acknowledge The Swedish Twin Registry for access to data. The Swedish Twin Registry is managed by the Karolinska Institutet and receives funding through the Swedish Research Council under the grant no 2017-00641.