Music as a Forum for Social-Emotional Health

  • Suvi SaarikallioEmail author
  • Margarida Baltazar


This chapter discusses social-emotional competence (SEC) as a psychological resource that can be supported by music engagement and that can explain music’s positive impact on mental health. Social-emotional competence is a set of psychological resources including social and emotional awareness, adaptive emotion regulation and coping, self-determination, resilience, and prosocial communication and interaction. This set of skills is fundamental for the healthy adaptation of an individual to the environment and highly impacts well-being. Thanks to its deep connections to emotion and social bonding, music can be seen as a forum for training, learning, and fostering such skills. In this chapter, we argue that music’s role in promoting social-emotional competence can explain its relevance for mental health and well-being. Recent research on how music contributes to social-emotional competence and health will be discussed.


Emotions Mental health Music Social-emotional competence Well-being 


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  1. 1.Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, Center for Interdisciplinary Music ResearchUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland

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