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Vol 11, No 4 (2014)
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Music preferences and disordered functioning in adolescence

Magdalena Chęć, Ernest Tyburski, Agnieszka Samochowiec
Psychiatria 2014;11(4):197-202.

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Vol 11, No 4 (2014)
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Abstract

Music plays an important role in everyone’s life, especially the one of a young man. Adolescence is a time of significant developmental changes, identity and personality formation, that are especially intensely accompanied by music.The aim of this article is to review global studies on the relationship between the functioning of adolescents and preferred music genres. The results clearly indicate significant correlations between listening to certain types of music and normal or disordered behavior of young people. Disturbing from the social perspective is the fact that a large number of studies point to strong relationships between negative/inappropriate behaviors of adolescents and certain music genres (especially rap and metal). Among the positive aspects of music one emphasizes its role in getting to know oneself, building a sense of identity and belonging, as well as improving the overall mental health of adolescents. Still, there are no studies that describe the cause — effect relationship between the aforementioned factors. This is an important area to explore, as the knowledge of the relationship between various music genres and specific disorders in adolescents enables specialists to take accurate and effective measures, both preventive and intervention.

Abstract

Music plays an important role in everyone’s life, especially the one of a young man. Adolescence is a time of significant developmental changes, identity and personality formation, that are especially intensely accompanied by music.The aim of this article is to review global studies on the relationship between the functioning of adolescents and preferred music genres. The results clearly indicate significant correlations between listening to certain types of music and normal or disordered behavior of young people. Disturbing from the social perspective is the fact that a large number of studies point to strong relationships between negative/inappropriate behaviors of adolescents and certain music genres (especially rap and metal). Among the positive aspects of music one emphasizes its role in getting to know oneself, building a sense of identity and belonging, as well as improving the overall mental health of adolescents. Still, there are no studies that describe the cause — effect relationship between the aforementioned factors. This is an important area to explore, as the knowledge of the relationship between various music genres and specific disorders in adolescents enables specialists to take accurate and effective measures, both preventive and intervention.

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Keywords

adolescent development, music, behavior, mental health

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Title

Music preferences and disordered functioning in adolescence

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 11, No 4 (2014)

Article type

Review paper

Pages

197-202

Bibliographic record

Psychiatria 2014;11(4):197-202.

Keywords

adolescent development
music
behavior
mental health

Authors

Magdalena Chęć
Ernest Tyburski
Agnieszka Samochowiec

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