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Study Ties a Taste for ‘Unconventional Music’ to Delinquency

Mike Lawson • News • January 31, 2013

A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics, “Early Adolescent Music Preferences and Minor Delinquency” looked at 300 students in the Netherlands…A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics, “Early Adolescent Music Preferences and Minor Delinquency” looked at 300 students in the Netherlands, observing that those who listened to genres such as hip-hop, metal, punk, or techno music were more likely to engage in petty delinquency like shop-lifting or vandalism than their peers who preferred pop, jazz, or classical music. The studied followed the students for four years, from the ages of 12-16. It should be noted that those students who liked rock music at age 12 were relatively well behaved, but were more likely to engage in bad behavior at 16.

Before anyone jumps to any rash conclusions, it should be noted that correlation does not equal causation.

The complete study can be found on this site: pediatrics.aappublications.org.

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