I am very passionate about music and emotional health and was lucky to have an opportunity to do a research on the topic of how people use music and how it influences their emotional and general health. Here is a link to my publication on the topic of music use in veteran population.
The results of the study showed that veterans listened to music more in their everyday life than any other leisure activity reported. Music-listening for emotion-regulation purposes significantly contributed to the prediction of depression, perceived stress and negative social interactions, when gender and positive social interactions were controlled. Veterans with mental health problems listened to music for both emotional and cognitive reasons, and the most predictive emotion-regulation strategies used with music were diversion, discharge, and mental work. The current findings demonstrate that veterans with higher levels of affective dysfunction listened to music to manage emotional and cognitive problems.
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