Music Listening and Emotional Well-being in Adolescence: A Person-and Variable-oriented Study


European Review of Applied Psychology / Revue Européenne de Psychologie Appliquée




The principal aim of this study was to determine if different profiles (types) of emotional reactions following music listening (happiness and sadness) characterized different levels of emotional well-being (i.e., positive and negative affects) in adolescence. The secondary aim was to examine relationships between social congruence in music tastes with friends or parents (i.e., sharing similar music tastes and having fewer conflicts about music) and emotional well-being in adolescence. This study's sample was composed of 316 adolescents (M = 15.32 and S.D. = 0.90 years of age; 172 girls and 144 boys). Cluster analysis identified three profiles: (1) ‘emotionally-negative listeners’ (medium happiness and higher sadness); (2) ‘emotionally-limited listeners’ (lower happiness and lower sadness); (3) ‘emotionally-positive listeners’ (higher happiness and lower sadness). Results indicated that ‘emotionally-negative listeners’ had less emotional well-being, that ‘emotionally-positive listeners’ had more emotional well-being, and that social congruence in music tastes with both friends and parents were related to more emotional well-being. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Adolescents; Emotional Functioning; Mental Health; Recreative Music Methods; Wellness and Well-Being

Indexed Terms

music listening; emotional well being; adolescence; emotional reactions; sadness; happiness; social congruence in music tastes; Social Comparison; Well Being; Emotional Responses

Study Type

Quasi-Experimental Study; Quantitative Methods

Document Type