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ERIC Number: EJ1101481
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0044-118X
A Critical Interpretive Synthesis of the Literature Linking Music and Adolescent Mental Health
McFerran, Katrina Skewes; Garrido, Sandra; Saarikallio, Suvi
Youth & Society, v48 n4 p521-538 Jul 2016
There is a diverse literature that explores the relationship between youth, music, and mental health, with few attempts at systematic synthesis. This critical interpretive review included 33 studies published between 2000 and 2012 investigating the relationship between music and the mental health of young people, particularly targeting depression. An iterative methodology was used involving several layers of inductive analysis with the intention of generating an organizing framework that critically synthesized the available literature. The organizing framework highlights that decisions related to research design, assessment of health, and the nature of musical engagement have predictably influenced study outcomes. Studies have been limited by the collection of insufficient detail about the full range of individual's musical behaviors. In addition, there has been inadequate triangulation of health outcomes solicited from a variety of perspectives. More comprehensive research is needed that avoids simplistic dichotomies in relation to music and youth mental health.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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