Early Adolescents’ Emotional Perceptions and Engagement with Popular Music Activities in Everyday Life

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Journal Article: Early adolescents’ emotional perceptions and engagement with popular music activities in everyday life

Authors: Bosacki, S., & O’Neill, S. A.

Abstract: This study explored young female and male adolescents’ engagement with everyday activities involving popular music and their corresponding emotional perceptions. Sixty-six Grade 8 students (37 females, 29 males), aged 13–14 years from mostly White, English-speaking middle-class families near an urban centre in Western Canada completed a list of daily activities that involved popular music and corresponding personal meanings. Responses were coded according to emergent themes including emotional/value, physical, social/cultural, cognitive/competence and moral/spiritual experiences. Content analyses of personal music definitions showed that for all adolescents, a greater number of youth referred to popular music as an emotional or spiritual experience as compared to a cognitive/competence and physical experiences. Implications for gender-inclusive and developmentally appropriate education are discussed.

Full Article: Bosacki, S. L. & O’Neill, S. A. (2013). Early adolescents’ emotional perceptions and engagement with popular music activities in everyday life. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 2013. doi: 10.1080/02673843.2013.785438

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