Music Listening and Mental Health: Variations on Internalizing Psychopathology

Dave Miranda, Patrick Gaudreau, Régine Debrosse, Julien Morizot and Laurence J. Kirmayer

in Music, Health, and Wellbeing

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199586974
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738357 | DOI:
Music Listening and Mental Health: Variations on Internalizing Psychopathology

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This chapter focuses on the role of music listening in psychopathology, which here refers to ‘patterns of behaviours, cognitions, and emotions that are abnormal, disruptive, or distressing either to the person or others around the person. First, it offers a conceptual framework arguing that music listening may have influences on internalizing psychopathology because: music can involve emotion regulation and coping; songs may have social cognitive influences; and music can have psychotherapeutic effects. Second, it presents a review of the empirical literature according to seven basic methodological strategies (models) that can also be used to design future studies: risk factors, compensatory factors, common causes, mediators, moderators, protective factors, and precipitating factors.

Keywords: music listening; psychopathology; music studies; emotions; emotion regulation; risk factors

Chapter.  9059 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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