Journal article

Examining the relationship between self-reported mood management and music preferences of Australian teenagers

Katrina Skewes McFerran, Sandra Garrido, Lucy O'Grady, Denise Grocke, Susan M Sawyer

NORDIC JOURNAL OF MUSIC THERAPY | GRIEG ACADEMY | Published : 2015

Abstract

The influence of music on the moods and behaviour of young people has been much contested. Whilst some parties accuse the music industry of purposefully poisoning the minds of youth, others understand the relationship between teenagers and their music preferences as reciprocal. This article reports on an investigation examining what 111 Australian adolescents reported about changes in their mood before and after listening to self-selected genres of music. Most young people reported using music to improve their mood, particularly when their initial state was already positive; however when feeling sad or stressed, some young people reported a worsening mood. Correlational analysis revealed tha..

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