This study was designed to examine the relationship between music preferences and locus of control. Participants included 106 students, mean age of 19, who were randomly assigned to read either a heavy metal music scenario or a classical music scenario. In both scenarios, a scenario character was depicted as having important plans to attend a musical event with friends but forgot to buy a ticket for the given event. Self-report questionnaires on locus of control, perceived character responsibility, drinking motives, aggression, and egalitarian attitudes were completed. Results showed that external locus of control was associated with low levels of hostility and that other forms of aggression were related to drinking motives, egalitarian attitudes, and money spent on drugs/alcohol. These findings emphasize the link between gender attitudes, drinking, money spent on drugs/alcohol, and aggression, which may be used in anger management classes or rehabilitation facilities.
"The Link Between Music Preference and Locus of Control: College Mainstream Music Fans' and Their Perception of Responsibility,"
FSU Journal of Behavioral Sciences: Vol. 16
, Article 8.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.framingham.edu/journal_of_behavioral_sciences/vol16/iss1/8