This thesis explores the relationship between types of music and selected attitudes of college students. The study focused on thirty-nine college students responses to an attitudes survey measuring levels of aggression, feminism, and eroticism. The symbolic interaction theory, the social learning theory, and the excitation theory were utilized to discuss the use and influence of music on youth. The results found no significant relationship between listening to heavy metal music and aggressive and anti-feminist attitudes. However, a significant relationship was discovered between heavy metal music and attitudes toward eroticism. The results on the comparison between African-Americans who prefer rap music to Caucasians who prefer rap music, surprisingly found no significant difference since rap is considered to be music of the Mrican-American culture. This finding assumed to be caused by the low sample which was used for this study. In suggestion of future research, larger samples of population might be an idea to take into consideration. A sample of college students at a large state school is also suggested in order to obtain more conclusive results.


Blair, Robert


Sociology and Anthropology

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis

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