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Metal Music and Mental Health in France

Overview of attention for article published in Culture, Medicine & Psychiatry, June 2009
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#13 of 442)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (96th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (97th percentile)

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1 news outlet
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3 blogs
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12 tweeters
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3 Facebook pages
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1 Wikipedia page

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Title
Metal Music and Mental Health in France
Published in
Culture, Medicine & Psychiatry, June 2009
DOI 10.1007/s11013-009-9138-2
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Authors

Robin Recours, François Aussaguel, Nick Trujillo

Abstract

Although numerous authors have associated metal music with social problems such as suicide, self-destruction and Satanism, few studies have been undertaken to examine the mental health of fans of heavy metal music. This study attempts to determine if there is a link between mental health and the enjoyment of this type of music in France. The researchers surveyed 333 fans of metal music. Their mental health was evaluated by the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), a widely used instrument that measures anxiety and depression. The scores of the sample of metal music fans were then compared to the scores that reveal possible, probable, or severe mental disorders. Qualifying variables included age, gender, status, education, motivation and participation in metal music culture. The results indicated that fans of metal music are mainly young adults (median age = 22.67, SD = 5.29) and tend to be male (87.85 percent). As a whole, metal music fans have levels of anxiety and depression that are similar to and lower than levels in the general population. Specifically, <5 percent of metal music fans surveyed showed pathological symptoms. Subjects that scored higher levels of anxiety and depression were those that had literary and/or arts backgrounds rather than scientific backgrounds, that wrote metal music lyrics, that consumed alcohol and that engaged in the body modification practice of scarification. This study suggests that opponents of metal music should re-examine the basis for their criticism. More scholarly research is needed to better understand the effects of metal music on fans and on society.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 3%
United Kingdom 1 1%
Australia 1 1%
Spain 1 1%
Sweden 1 1%
Unknown 73 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 16 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 12 15%
Researcher 10 13%
Student > Master 10 13%
Unspecified 7 9%
Other 24 30%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 24 30%
Social Sciences 13 16%
Arts and Humanities 11 14%
Unspecified 10 13%
Medicine and Dentistry 6 8%
Other 15 19%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 39. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 02 July 2019.
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#427,820
of 13,316,854 outputs
Outputs from Culture, Medicine & Psychiatry
#13
of 442 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#415,039
of 12,672,259 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Culture, Medicine & Psychiatry
#13
of 434 outputs
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