Parental Acceptance-Rejection and Music Preferences in University Students

Hafiza Kiran (BS, 2014-2018) Supervisor: Muhammad Faran

The present research was carried out to investigate the relationship between parental acceptance rejection and music preferences in university students. It was hypothesized that there would be a relationship between parental acceptance-rejection and music preferences in university students and parental acceptance-rejection would predict music preferences in university students. The purposive sample of 150 university students N = 150 (n = 70 men, n = 80 women) with age range of 18 to 26 years drawn from public sector universities of Lahore. Measures included Urdu version of Adult Parental Acceptance-Rejection Questionnaire (Rohner, 1991) and Short Test of Music Preferences (Rentfrow & Gosling, 2003).The results of Pearson product moment correlation revealed that dimensions of parental  acceptance-rejection: aggression/hostility, undifferentiated rejection and neglect/indifference were significantly positively correlated with intense and rebellious music. Moreover, paternal warmth had significant positive relationship with energetic and rhythmic music. Results also showed the significant positive correlation among demographic variables and music preferences. The results of multiple hierarchical regression revealed that paternal warmth/affection was found to be the positive significant predictor of energetic and rhythmic music. Moreover, maternal indifference/neglect was found to be the positive significant predictor of intense and rebellious music and paternal acceptance-rejection was found to be the positive significant predictor of energetic and rhythmic music. This research would be important for its theoretical implication in the field of music in general and in psychotherapy in particular.

Keywords: Music preferences, university students.

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