Musical activity and well-being: a new quantitative measurement instrument

Krause, Amanda E., Davidson, Jane W., and North, Adrian C. (2018) Musical activity and well-being: a new quantitative measurement instrument. Music Perception, 35 (4). pp. 454-474.

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A relationship between participation in musical activity and well-being has frequently been observed in recent research reports. Of these, some propose various well-being-related correlates of musical participation, but the varying samples and foci leave researchers without a reasoned appraisal of these correlates or a data-driven categorization of them. To address this lacuna, the current research reviewed of existing literature, identifying 562 benefits of well-being benefits perceived to be associated with musical participation. These items were used as the basis for developing a new quantitative measure to evaluate the perceived benefits of well-being arising from music participation. Principal axis factor analysis of data using this new, 36-item measure identified five discrete dimensions: mood and coping, esteem and worth, socialization, cognition, and self-actualization. The development of this well-being measure addresses a gap in the research and provides a tool for future research concerning musical participation.

Item ID: 62741
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0730-7829
Keywords: well-being; music-making; qualitative meta-analysis; music participation
Copyright Information: © 2018 by The Regents of the University of California. The Author Accepted Manuscript is available Open Access from ResearchOnline@JCU.
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC Discovery Project grant DP140102679
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2020 06:02
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520505 Social psychology @ 70%
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3603 Music > 360301 Music cognition @ 30%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950101 Music @ 40%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 60%
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