Measuring Perceived Well-being After Recreational Drumming: An Exploratory Factor Analysis


Families in Society




Evidence suggests that recreational music-making has been shown to decrease stress and increase feelings of well-being and empowerment among diverse groups; however, evidence to document the effects has been mixed. The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine a measure of well-being, empowerment, and connectedness after a group recreational drumming intervention with social workers. An exploratory factor analysis was conducted to determine the construct validity of a measure developed for gauging intrapersonal and interpersonal well-being using a sample of 73 participants who engaged in a 2-hour group recreational drumming program. Factor analysis suggested that intrapersonal and interpersonal well-being were present. Implications for use of the measure with recreational drumming are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Engagement Level; Interpersonal Problems; Mental Health; Playing an Instrument; Recreative Music Methods; Wellness and Well-Being

Indexed Terms

perceived well-being; recreational drumming; factor analysis; social workers; drumming intervention; empowerment; Well Being; Exploratory Factor Analysis

Study Type

Quasi-Experimental Study; Quantitative Methods

Document Type