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Risky music-listening behaviors and associated health-risk behaviors

By I. (Ineke) Vogel, P.M. (Petra) van de Looij-Jansen, C.L. (Cathelijne) Mieloo, A. (Alex) Burdorf and F. (Frouwkje) de Waart


OBJECTIVE: To examine, among adolescents and emerging adults attending inner-city lower education, associations between risky music-listening behaviors (from MP3 players and in discotheques and at pop concerts) and more traditional health-risk behaviors: substance use (cigarettes, alcohol, cannabis, and hard drugs) and unsafe sexual intercourse. METHODS: A total of 944 students in Dutch inner-city senior-secondary vocational schools completed questionnaires about their music-listening and traditional health-risk behaviors. Multiple logistic regression analyses were used to examine associations between music-listening and traditional health-risk behaviors. RESULTS: Risky MP3-player listeners used cannabis more often during the past 4 weeks. Students exposed to risky sound levels during discotheque and pop concert attendance used cannabis less often during the past 4 weeks, were more often binge drinkers, and reported inconsistent condom use during sexual intercourse. CONCLUSIONS: The coexistence of risky music-listening behaviors with other health-risk behaviors provides evidence in support of the integration of risky music-listening behaviors within research on and programs aimed at reducing more traditional health-risk behaviors, such as substance abuse and unsafe sexual intercourse. Copyrigh

Topics: Binge drinking, Cannabis use, Health risk behaviors, Risky music listening, Unsafe sexual intercourse
Year: 2012
DOI identifier: 10.1542/peds.2011-1948
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