The impact of music festival attendance on young people's psychological and social well being

Packer, Jan and Ballantyne, Julie (2011) The impact of music festival attendance on young people's psychological and social well being. Psychology of Music, 39 2: 164-181. doi:10.1177/0305735610372611

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Author Packer, Jan
Ballantyne, Julie
Title The impact of music festival attendance on young people's psychological and social well being
Journal name Psychology of Music   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0305-7356
Publication date 2011-04
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0305735610372611
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 39
Issue 2
Start page 164
End page 181
Total pages 18
Editor Raymond A. R. Macdonald
Place of publication Manchester, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Although the social, emotional, physical and cognitive benefits of engagement in music are well known, little research has been conducted on the psychological benefits of music in the context of music festivals. This article draws on theoretical constructs from the field of positive psychology to interpret the impact of music festival attendance on participants’ psychological and social well-being. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected from a focus group and questionnaire survey with young festival-goers aged 18–29 years. Four facets of the music festival experience were identified that were associated with well-being outcomes. These are explored and discussed with reference both to participants’ focus group comments and statistical analysis of questionnaire responses. A conceptual model is presented in order to guide further research in this area, and enable both festival organizers and attendees to take optimal advantage of the potential of music festivals to impact positively on young adults’ psychological and social well-being.

Keyword Music
Music festivals
Psychological well-being
Visitor experiences
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
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Created: Fri, 19 Nov 2010, 14:05:41 EST by Dr Julie Ballantyne on behalf of School of Music