Music Making for Health, Well-being and Behaviour Change in Youth Justice Settings: A Systematic Review


Health Promotion International




Youth justice is an important public health issue. There is growing recognition of the need to adopt effective, evidence- based strategies for working with young offenders. Music interventions may be particularly well suited to addressing risk factors in young people and reducing juvenile crime. This systematic review of international research seeks to contribute to the evidence base on the impact of music making on the health, well-being and behaviour of young offenders and those considered at risk of offending. It examines outcomes of music making identified in quantitative research and discusses theories from qualitative research that might help to understand the impact of music making in youth justice settings. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Adolescents; Behavioral State; Interpersonal Problems; Mental Health; Prisoners; Psychological Outcomes; Recreative Music Methods; Wellness and Well-Being

Indexed Terms

music making; public health; well-being; behavior change; youth justice; risk factors; Adolescents; Children; Juvenile Delinquency; Social Adjustment; Well Being; Justice

Study Type

Systematic Review; Quantitative Methods

Document Type