Does your child’s music affect their behavior?

Does music affect your teenager’s behavior? We know that your kids probably don’t think so. And, many parents would agree. But if you underestimate the power of music, I have some information that might make you change your tune.

In a four-year study, researchers discovered that teens who gravitated towards gothic, punk, heavy metal and hardcore dance music by the age of 12, showed displays of rebellious behavior–including shoplifting, vandalism, fighting, and graffiti spraying until the age of 16. Other researchers have found violent lyrics can lead to negative behaviors.

The study also found that teens who listened to mainstream pop, classical music, and jazz, showed no such results.

Your kids may not agree, but I believe parents need to know what music their children are listening to.  What reaches their ears really can change their minds—and their emotional health with it.


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