The relationship between the preference for violent music and criminal status: a comparison between violent offenders and college students
Due to an increasing concern about violent lyrical content in today's popular music, it was of interest to examine what groups of people enjoy listening to music containing an aggressive lyrical style. To simplify such a laborious project [due to the volume of people who enjoy music] the correlation between violent offender status and preference of music was studied and compared to a sample of college students. Forty participants (20 male violent offenders in a Florida State Correctional Facility and 20 male college students at the University of Central Florida) filled out a packet containing a Biographical Information Survey as well as a Violent Music Preference Assessment Questionnaire (VMPA). It was hypothesized that the violent offenders would prefer music with more violent lyrical content than the students. Surprisingly, The participants in both groups yielded similar musical tastes. There was no significant difference within the numerically judged predilections of the two groups.
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Whitacre, W. Scott
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences;Violent crimes -- Songs and music
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Baker, Natalie, "The relationship between the preference for violent music and criminal status: a comparison between violent offenders and college students" (2000). HIM 1990-2015. 204.