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If you’re happy and you know it: Music engagement and subjective wellbeing

Weinberg, Melissa K. and Joseph, Dawn 2017, If you’re happy and you know it: Music engagement and subjective wellbeing, Psychology of Music, vol. 45, no. 2, pp. 257-267.

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Title If you’re happy and you know it: Music engagement and subjective wellbeing
Author(s) Weinberg, Melissa K.
Joseph, Dawn
Journal name Psychology of Music
Volume number 45
Issue number 2
Start page 257
End page 267
Total pages 11
Publisher SAGE
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017
ISSN 0305-7356
Keyword(s) engagement
happiness
mood regulation
quality of life
wellbeing
quality fo life
Summary Experiencing and engaging with music have been fundamental to all societies across the ages. This study explores the connection between habitual music engagement and subjective wellbeing. Subjective wellbeing (SWB) comprises individual evaluations of life satisfaction, and is internationally regarded at policy and government levels. The present study uses data gathered in 2014 as part of the 31st survey of the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index to provide insight into the relationship between music engagement and SWB. A stratified random sample of 1,000 participants was interviewed via telephone. The findings revealed that engaging with music by dancing or attending musical events was associated with higher SWB than for those who did not engage with music in these forms. The findings also emphasised the important role of engaging with music in the company of others with regard to SWB, highlighting an interpersonal feature of music. The study provides an overview of the general relationship between music and SWB at a population level, by contrast to most research in the area that has focused on evaluating clinical interventions involving music. The insight gained from these findings can be used to inform future interventions and to better understand how music is involved in emotional regulation.
Language eng
Field of Research 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
111711 Health Information Systems (incl Surveillance)
111714 Mental Health
111712 Health Promotion
190407 Music Performance
111708 Health and Community Services
1701 Psychology
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
1904 Performing Arts And Creative Writing
Socio Economic Objective 920204 Evaluation of Health Outcomes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30085430

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