Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Intoxicated by music: A content analysis of the prevalence of alcohol, illicit substances, and tobacco in popular music from 2000 to 2011
by Fahmy, Chantal, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 178; 1521584
Abstract (Summary)

Many argue that the constant reference to illicit substances in lyrics shapes the minds ofyouth indicating what is acceptable and common behavior. This argument, motivated by fear, initiated a moral panic about drug use and music that fueled various studies throughout the 20th century to understand the prevalence of drug use in music and describe the possible negative impact of specific genres of music on youth. To continue this discussion, this study concentrates on the music of the millennium. From 2000 to 2011, a content analysis ofthe Top 40 songs' lyrics from Billboard's "Hot 100" was conducted, which shows that songs from the first half of the decade tended to contain more references to drugs and alcohol than in the second half. Rap/hip-hop contained the most references. Alcohol was the most mentioned substance across all genres followed by marijuana. Implications of these findings conclude this thesis.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Perrone, Dina
Commitee: Fischer, Ryan, Ireland, Connie
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Criminal Justice
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Criminology
Publication Number: 1521584
ISBN: 9781267790132
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