Music Preferences, Personality Style, and Developmental Issues of Adolescents

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The purpose of this study was to examine the personality characteristics and developmental issues of 3 groups of adolescent music listeners: those preferring light qualities of music, those preferring heavy qualities of music, and those who had eclectic preferences for music qualities. One hundred sixty-four adolescents completed an age-appropriate personality inventory and a systematic measure of music listening preference. The findings indicate that each of the 3 music preference groups is inclined to demonstrate a unique profile of personality dimensions and developmental issues. Those preferring heavy or light music qualities indicated at least moderate difficulty in negotiating several distinct domains of personality and/or developmental issues; those with more eclectic music preferences did not indicate similar difficulty. Thus, there was considerable support for the general hypothesis that adolescents prefer listening to music that reflects specific personalities and the developmental issues with which they are dealing.

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Schwartz, K.D., Fouts, G.T. Music Preferences, Personality Style, and Developmental Issues of Adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence 32, 205–213 (2003). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1022547520656

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  • music
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  • adolescent development