Musical preference and drug use among youth: an empirical study
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Drug use is a popular behavior among youth. Music and lyrics are recognized as a contributing factor to the liberalization of views on legal and illegal drugs, and thus to use these substances. This study aims to identify the relationship between musical preference and views on and the use of drugs among youth. Over 2,500 students from 27 high schools in the Subcarpathian Voivodeship of Poland were surveyed. Respondents were chosen via stratified random sampling, and data was collected using a questionnaire. The results of the analysis empirical data suggest that the opinions of youths about drugs may be related to their musical preferences. The results of this study may be applied to prevention activities. They may also be a starting point for further research on the relationships between music and risky behavior.
KEY WORDS: music, adolescent, illegal drugs, alcohol, cannabis, peer influence.