Home > Is it the music? Peer substance use as a mediator of the link between music preferences and adolescent substance use.

Mulder, Juul and ter Bogt, Tom and Raaijmakers, Quinten AW and Nic Gabhainn, Saoirse (2010) Is it the music? Peer substance use as a mediator of the link between music preferences and adolescent substance use. Journal of Adolescence , 33 , pp. 387-394.

Both music preferences and the substance use behavior of peers are important elements in explaining adolescent substance use. The extent to which music preference and peer use overlap in explaining adolescent substance use remains to be determined. A nationally representative sample of 7324 Dutch school-going adolescents (aged 12–16) provided data on music preferences, substance use behaviors and perceived number of peers using substances. Factor analyses showed that preferences for eight music genres factored into four styles: Pop (chart music, Dutch pop), Adult (classical music, jazz), Urban (rap/hiphop, soul/R&B) and Hard (punk/hardcore, techno/hardhouse); substance use was indicated by smoking, drinking, and cannabis use. Structural equation modeling revealed that the relationship between music preference and substance use was either wholly or partially mediated by perceived peer use. Music can model substance use and fans of different types of music may select friends with use patterns that reinforce their own substance use inclinations.

 

Item Type:Article
Date:2010
Page Range:pp. 387-394
Publisher:Elsevier
Volume:33
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Accession Number:HRB (Not in collection)
Subjects:A Drugs and alcohol use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence of drugs and alcohol use > Problem drugs and alcohol use
L Social psychology and related concepts > Interpersonal interaction and group dynamics > Peer relations > Level of drugs and alcohol use among peers
L Social psychology and related concepts > Interpersonal interaction and group dynamics > Peer relations
VA Geographic area > Europe

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