"According to mental health journal Australasian Psychiatry, teenagers who listen to music in that particular genre are more prone to depression, suicide, delinquency and drug abuse. And, along with rap fans, they’re likely to have unprotected sex and drink drive, too.
The study of Australian students in year ten of school also found that teens who listen to pop music are more likely to struggle with their sexuality, fans of trance, techno, metal (there’s that one again) and goth are more likely to self-harm and commit suicide, those who attend dance parties are more likely to take drugs. Some forms of rap, particularly French rap, were linked to theft, violence and drug use, but kids who listen to hip hop are usually quite well-behaved.
The study recommends that doctors should ask teenage patients about their musical preferences to determine if they are at risk of developing a mental illness or committing suicide.
Author of the study, Dr Felicity Baker told The Sydney Morning Herald: “There is no evidence to suggest that the type of music you listen to will cause you to commit suicide, but those who are vulnerable and at risk of committing suicide may be listening to certain types of music”.
More sensibly perhaps, child psychiatrist and the head of medical programs at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry, Michael Bowden added: “The key to understanding any teenager is to treat them with respect by listening to what they have to say, rather than typecasting them according to the type of music they listen to”.
DiScuss. Basically, I reckon you listen to the music 'cos of how you feel, not the other way around.