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Death as portrayed to adolescents through top 40 rock and roll music.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8266835     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Rock and roll music, an important influential communication source, provides adolescents with messages about death in our society. The first 37 years of Top 40 rock songs (1955-1991) were examined, and songs that included a past death or an impending death were identified. The popularity of the songs, cause of death, gender of the deceased, and relationships among characters were determined. Analysis of song content was conducted, with specific emphasis on attitudes toward and means of coping with death. Results indicate that death songs comprise a disproportionately popular subset of Top 40 music, males dominate the obituaries, and grieving responses are restricted. Findings are discussed from a sociocultural perspective, with attention to their significance for adolescents.
B L Plopper; M E Ness
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Adolescence     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0001-8449     ISO Abbreviation:  Adolescence     Publication Date:  1993  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-01-27     Completed Date:  1994-01-27     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0123667     Medline TA:  Adolescence     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  793-807     Citation Subset:  IM    
Counseling Center, University of Central Arkansas.
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Psychology*
Attitude to Death*
Gender Identity
Personality Development*

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