Exploring the Nature of Music Engagement and Its Relation to Personality among Young Adults
International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, Vol. 22(4). (ISSN: 0267-3843), 2017
14 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2020
Date Written: February 9, 2017
This study examined the relationship between music preferences (MP), listening styles (LS), functions of music (FoM), perceived rasa (music), and personality traits (PT – Big Five Factors). A sample of 77 young adults (M = 39; F = 38; M = 22.7 years) completed measures of the above constructs and data were analysed via correlations, one-way ANOVA, post hoc tests, and T-tests. Significant correlations were found between LS & PT; MP & PT; FoM & PT; FoM & emotion; and LS & FoM. Findings indicated stronger preferences for genres namely Romantic songs, Soft songs, and Filmy (Sad) songs. Gender difference existed in terms of MP, perceived emotions and LS. Music listening mainly served as a ‘source of pleasure and enjoyment’ and which ‘calms, motivates, or reminds of past events’. Musical genres inducing santoṣa rasa were perceived significantly higher in female participants. Based on the findings, a ‘music engagement model for Young Adults’ describing their music behaviour, have been proposed.
Keywords: Music Preference; Music Listening; Rasa; Personality; Psychological Well-Being
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