Adolescent Behavior Essay

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Introduction This chapter will review the factors that affect suicidal tendencies amongst adolescents as well as the role music plays in adolescent behavior. As there is a dearth of documentation on the emo culture, this review relied on articles and researches done in the United States and Australia. Music and the Adolescent According to Roe “music plays an important social role” in the development of adolescents (Roe K, 2000). Music acts as a buffer for adolescents; substituting as a means of distraction as well as entertainment. Roberts and Christenson (2001) assert that adolescent also use music as a way to take control of their moods and emotions. They maintain that music is also used as a means in the formation of their…show more content…
A study done by the National Institute of Media and Family in 1999 found that the contents of the top ten CDs revealed that each CD contained at least one song with sexual contents and that “genres such as rock, heavy metal and new emerging genres revolve around death, homicide, suicide and self mutilation.” A number of correlation studies that have been conducted, reported that there are positive associations between exposure to heavy metal music and a variety of troublesome attitudes and behaviors. Martin, Clarke, and Pearce (1993) did a study investigating the relationship between music preferences using a sample of Australian high schools. The result of the study ascertained that significantly more females in the combined “rock and heavy metal’ group reported having thoughts of killing themselves and engaging in acts of self harm as opposed to those in the “pop” group. The study also found that those with preexisting problems gravitated towards certain types of music. There are many who refutes the effects of lyrics; the argue that children and adolescent use music only for entertainment and that little attention, if any, is paid to the words. They also go on to say that the understanding of the lyrics is limited to the experiences lived by the listeners. Wass et al (1991), however, found that the preference for certain type of music could be correlated with certain behaviors and a study
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