ERIC Number: ED178966
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Pop Music and Adolescent Socialization: An Information Perspective.
Gantz, Walter; Gartenberg, Howard M.
A study to assess the information function of pop music in the adolescent socialization process involved approximately 500 students in junior and senior high schools and colleges in a large metropolitan area in the northeast and approximately 400 university undergraduates in an introductory sociology class. In-class, self-administered questionnaires were filled out by respondents during normally scheduled class sessions. The survey instrument consisted of questions on patterns of exposure to popular music, motivations for and gratifications obtained from listening, the cognitive impact of exposure to pop songs, perceived and experienced impact of pop music, and selected demographics. Results indicated that listening to pop music appears to be an integral part of adolescent patterns of living, exposure to pop music may be adolescents' most frequent and extensive connection with the media, motivations for listening tend to center on diversion, and--since respondents were generally unable to provide even minimal feedback about song content--the impact of pop music on adolescents is in areas other than their cognitive development. (Tabular data are appended). (AEA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Philadelphia, PA, May 1-5, 1979)