A1 Journal article (refereed)
Music as a resource for psychological health for music professionals : A Nordic survey (2020)


Saarikallio, Suvi; Stensaeth, Karette; Bojner Horwitz, Eva; Ekholm, Ola; Bonde, Lars Ole (2020). Music as a resource for psychological health for music professionals : A Nordic survey. Nordic Journal of Arts, Culture and Health, 2 (1), 38-50. DOI: 10.18261/issn.2535-7913-2020-01-04


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Publication details

All authors or editors: Saarikallio, Suvi; Stensaeth, Karette; Bojner Horwitz, Eva; Ekholm, Ola; Bonde, Lars Ole

Journal or series: Nordic Journal of Arts, Culture and Health

eISSN: 2535-7913

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 2

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 38-50

Publisher: Scandinavian University Press / Universitetsforlaget AS

Publication country: Norway

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.18261/issn.2535-7913-2020-01-04

Open Access: Publication published in an open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/71004


Abstract

Purpose: Interest in the health relevance of music has been growing rapidly, yet few studies have addressed the protective role of music for music professionals themselves. In the current study, we investigated music professionals’ (music teachers, music therapists, musicians and academics) health, particularly their uses of music as a resource for their psychological health.

Design: An online survey (N = 504) for music professionals was conducted across four Nordic countries. Participants responded to questions on music as a resource for psychological health and assessed their general levels of health and health behaviors. Their self-reported health was compared to similar prior data from the general Danish population (N = 14,022).

Findings: Music professionals demonstrated high levels of self-reported health and health behaviors and approved of the idea of music as a resource for their psychological health. The most important psychological function of music for them was that music provided affective experiences. Music also provided feelings of belonging and supported mood regulation, but did not really offer relaxation or help to concentrate. Music teachers and therapists reported significantly higher use of music as a personal resource for psychological health than musicians and academics.

Value: The results provide new insights into music playing a dual role – professional and personal resource – for different types of music professionals. The findings have relevance for how to address music in the training of musicians and create grounds for dialogue about the role of music for music professionals in comparison to laymen.


Keywords: music; psychological effects; musicians; mental well-being; mental health

Free keywords: music professionals; psychological functions of music; health; health resources


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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2020


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