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ERIC Number: EJ758241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0047-2891
Music Taste Groups and Problem Behavior
Mulder, Juul; ter Bogt, Tom; Raaijmakers, Quinten; Vollebergh, Wilma
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v36 n3 p313-324 Apr 2007
Internalizing and externalizing problems differ by musical tastes. A high school-based sample of 4159 adolescents, representative of Dutch youth aged 12 to 16, reported on their personal and social characteristics, music preferences and social-psychological functioning, measured with the Youth Self-Report (YSR). Cluster analysis on their music preferences revealed six taste groups: "Middle-of-the-road" (MOR) listeners, "Urban" fans, "Exclusive Rock" fans, "Rock-Pop" fans, "Elitists," and "Omnivores." A seventh group of musically "Low-Involved" youth was added. Multivariate analyses revealed that when gender, age, parenting, school, and peer variables were controlled, "Omnivores" and fans within the "Exclusive Rock" groups showed relatively high scores on internalizing YSR measures, and social, thought and attention problems. "Omnivores," "Exclusive Rock," "Rock-Pop" and "Urban" fans reported more externalizing problem behavior. Belonging to the "MOR" group that highly appreciates the most popular, chart-based pop music appears to buffer problem behavior. Music taste group membership uniquely explains variance in both internalizing and externalizing problem behavior.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands