Social representation of “music” in young adults: a cross-cultural study

Manchaiah, Vinaya and Zhao, Fei and Widen, Stephen and Auzenne, Jasmine and Beukes, Eldré W. and Ahmadi, Tayebeh and Tome, David and Mahadeva, Deephi and Krishna, Rajalakshmi and Per, Germundsson (2016) Social representation of “music” in young adults: a cross-cultural study. International Journal of Audiology, 56. pp. 24-32. ISSN 1499-2027

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Abstract Objective: This study was aimed to explore perceptions of and reactions to music in young adults (18–25 years) using the theory of social representations (TSR). Design: The study used a cross-sectional survey design and included participants from India, Iran, Portugal, USA and UK. Data were analysed using various qualitative and quantitative methods. Study sample: The study sample included 534 young adults. Results: The Chi-square analysis showed significant differences between the countries regarding the informants’ perception of music. The most positive connotations about music were found in the responses obtained from Iranian participants (82.2%), followed by Portuguese participants (80.6%), while the most negative connotations about music were found in the responses obtained from Indian participants (18.2%), followed by Iranian participants (7.3%). The participants’ responses fell into 19 main categories based on their meaning; however, not all categories were found in all five countries. The co-occurrence analysis results generally indicate that the category ‘‘positive emotions or actions’’ was the most frequent category occurring in all five countries. Conclusions: The results indicate that music is generally considered to bring positive emotions for people within these societies, although a small percentage of responses indicate some negative consequences of music.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: music listening, public health hazard, hearing loss, attitude, social representation, cross-culture
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Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2017 09:29
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2017 01:02

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