Musical Activity and Well-being: A New Quantitative Measurement Instrument


Music Perception




A Relationship between participation in musical activity and well-being has frequently been observed in recent research reports. Of these, some propose various well-being-related correlates of musical participation, but the varying samples and foci leave researchers without a reasoned appraisal of these correlates or a data-driven categorization of them. To address this lacuna, the current research reviewed of existing literature, identifying 562 benefits of wellbeing benefits perceived to be associated with musical participation. These items were used as the basis for developing a new quantitative measure to evaluate the perceived benefits of well-being arising from music participation. Principal axis factor analysis of data using this new, 36-item measure identified five discrete dimensions: mood and coping, esteem and worth, socialization, cognition, and self-actualization. The development of this well-being measure addresses a gap in the research and provides a tool for future research concerning musical participation. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Coping; Engagement Level; Mental Health; Mood; Recreative Music Methods; Self-Concept; Wellness and Well-Being

Indexed Terms

musical activity; well-being; quantitative measurement instrument; categorization; factor analysis; psychometrics; Quantitative Methods; Test Construction; Well Being

Study Type

Systematic Review; Quantitative Methods

Document Type