Home > Dance is the new metal: adolescent music preferences and substance use across Europe.

ter Bogt, Tom and Nic Gabhainn, Saoirse and Simons-Morton, Bruce G and Ferreira, Mafalda and Hublet, Anne and Godeau, E and Kuntsche, E and Richter, Matthias (2012) Dance is the new metal: adolescent music preferences and substance use across Europe. Substance Use & Misuse , 47 , (2) , pp. 130-142.

This study examined relationships between music preferences and substance use (tobacco, alcohol, cannabis) among 18,103 fifteen-year-olds from 10 European countries. In 2005-2006, across Europe, preferences for mainstream Pop (pop chart music) and Highbrow (classical music and jazz) were negatively associated with substance use, while preferences for Dance (house/trance and techno/hardhouse) were associated positively with substance use. In three countries, links were identified between liking Rock (rock, heavy metal punk/hardcore, and gothic) and substance use; associations between Urban (hip-hop and R&B) and substance use were mixed. No substantial gender differences emerged in these patterns, and controlling for relevant covariates did not attenuate the predictive value of substance use. The findings are consistent with the conclusion that music is a robust marker of adolescent substance use.


Item Type:Article
Date:2012
Page Range:pp. 130-142
Publisher:Informa healthcare
Volume:47
Number:2
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Accession Number:HRB (Available)
Subjects:L Social psychology and related concepts > Social context
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
G Health and disease > Drugs and alcohol disorder > Alcohol use
G Health and disease > Drugs and alcohol disorder > Drug use
VA Geographic area > Europe
B Drugs and alcohol substances > Tobacco (cigarette smoking)

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