Music Use for Mood Regulation: Self-awareness and Conscious Listening Choices in Young People With Tendencies to Depression


Frontiers in Psychology




The current study explored the circumstances in which seven young people with a tendency to depression chose different styles of music to listen to, and their level of awareness of the impact of their music listening habits on mood and wellbeing. A model of various pathways through music use was developed that may explain why music listening intentions in young people do not always align with their wellbeing outcomes. We suggest that the relationship between intentions and outcomes are mediated by differing levels of self-awareness and insight into the mood regulation processes occurring during music listening. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Adolescents; Mental Health; Mood; Wellness and Well-Being

Indexed Terms

young people; mood regulation; depression; self-awareness; Auditory Perception; Emotional States; Major Depression; Well Being; Awareness; Habits; Intention; Mood Stabilizers

Study Type

Quasi-Experimental Study; Quantitative Methods

Document Type