The relationship between affect, uses of music, and music preferences in a sample of South African adolescents

Laura M. Getz, Elizabethtown College
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Goldsmiths, University of London
Michael M. Roy, Elizabethtown College
Karendra Devroop, North-West University


The current study examined the relationship between individual differences in uses of music (i.e. motives for listening to music), music preferences (for different genres), and positive affect (PA) and negative affect (NA), thus linking two areas of past research into a more comprehensive model. A sample of 193 South African adolescents (ages 12-17) completed measures of the above constructs and data were analyzed via correlations and structural equation modeling (SEM). Significant correlations between affect and uses of music were tested using SEM; a model whereby PA influenced background and cognitive uses of music, NA influenced emotional use of music, and higher uses of music led to increased preferences for music styles was supported. Future research for uses of music and music preferences are discussed.