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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 53  |  Page : 310--319

Risks and music - Patterns among young women and men in Sweden

1 Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden; Department of Social and Behavioral Studies, University West, Trollhättan
2 Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
3 Institute for Disability Research, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden

Correspondence Address:
M C Bohlin
University West, 461 86 Trollhättan, Sweden

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Source of Support: Stinger Foundation, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1463-1741.82964

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Music and high levels of sound have not traditionally been associated with risk-taking behaviors. Loud music may intensify and bring more power and meaning to the musical experience, but it can at the same time be harmful to hearing. The present study aims to increase the knowledge about young women's and men's risk judgement and behaviour by investigating patterns in adolescent risk activities among 310 adolescents aged 15-20 (143 women; 167 men). The Australian instrument ARQ was used with additional questions on hearing risks and a factor analysis was conducted. The main results showed that the factor structure in the judgement and behavior scale for Swedish adolescents was rather different from the factor structure in the Australian sample. Also, the factor structure was not similar to the Australian sample split on gender. The results are discussed from a gender- and existential perspective on risk taking, and it is emphasized that research on risk behavior needs to reconceptualize stereotypical ideas about gender and the existential period in adolescence.


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