Music Preferences, Emotional Regulation and Psychological Well- Being in Youth

Author: Muhammad Faran

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar and Mr. Waqas Hassan

Degree: MSc

Year: 2011-2013

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present research aimed to investigate the relationship among music preferences, emotional regulation and psychological well-being in youth. It was hypothesized that music preferences are likely to be significantly related with emotional regulation and psychological well-being. Also music preferences (genre) are likely to predict emotional regulation and psychological well-being; while time spent in listening music is related to emotional regulation and psychological well-being, significantly. Within group research design was used in the present study. The sample comprised of 100 participants (N = 100), 50 males and 50 females. Data was collected through non-probability purposive sampling technique. Short Test of Musical Preferences (STOMP), Emotional Regulation Questionnaire (ERQ) and Psychological Well-Being (PWB) were administered to each participant. Data was analyzed using Pearson Product-Moment Correlation and Multiple Regression. Result revealed high preference for folk, hip-hop, blues, jazz, disco, dance/bhangra and funk music were significant correlated with Cognitive Reappraisal only but, Country music was significantly correlated and predicted cognitive reappraisal and expressive suppression. While pop music was the only significant predictor of cognitive reappraisal. Yet music preferences for folk, hip-hop, rap, country, blues, jazz, disco dance/bhangra and funk were significantly related with psychological well-being. However jazz, folk, blues and dance/bhangra music were the significant predictors of positive relation, purpose in life, personal growth, self-acceptance, autonomy and environmental mastery. Results showed that the association mid time expanded in listening music and psychological well- being was also significant. The importance of this study lies in revealing significant relationships and predictions are helping in music therapy to employ technique corresponding to the preference of music and the regulation strategy.

Keywords: Music Preference, Emotion Regulation, Psychological Well-Being.

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