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Performers of the night

examining the mental health of electronic music artists


<p>Despite growing popular interest for the mental health of electronic music artists, scientific research addressing this topic has remained largely absent. As such, the aim of the current study was to examine the mental health of electronic music artists, as well as a number of determinants. Using a cross-sectional quantitative design, a total of 163 electronic music artists participated in this study. In line with the two-continua model of mental health, both symptoms of depression/anxiety and well-being were adopted as indicators for mental health. Furthermore, standardized measures were used to assess potential determinants of mental health, including sleep disturbance, music performance anxiety, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, occupational stress, resilience, and social support. Results highlighted that around 30% of participants experienced symptoms of depression/anxiety. Nevertheless, the majority of these participants still demonstrated at least moderate levels of functioning and well-being. Sleep disturbance formed a significant predictor for both symptoms of depression/anxiety and well-being. Furthermore, resilience and social support were significant predictors for well-being. The results provide a first glimpse into the mental health challenges experienced by electronic music artists and support the need for increased research as well as applied initiatives directed at safeguarding their mental health.</p>

Reference Kegelaers, J., Jessen, L., Van Audenaerde, E., & Oudejans, R. R. D. (2022). Performers of the night: examining the mental health of electronic music artists. Psychology of Music, 50(1), 69-85. https://doi.org/10.1177/0305735620976985
Published by  Urban Vitality 1 January 2022

Publication date

Jan 2022


Jolan Kegelaers
Lewie Jessen
Eline Van Audenaerde


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