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Historical Controversy: Gangster Rap and its Relation to Aggression from a Psychological Perspective

Fernandez Salgado, Pilar (2023) Historical Controversy: Gangster Rap and its Relation to Aggression from a Psychological Perspective. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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The present study examined the relationship between Gangster Rap exposure and different aggressive outcomes. Past research has suggested a relationship between preference for Gangster rap music and several antisocial, aggressive behaviours, it was even suggested that exposure to aggressive music had long and short term cognitive and behavioural effects. Yet they seemed to overly rely on experimental settings or did not seem to take into consideration the assessment of actual engagement with the musical genre to generate conclusions. Therefore, the present study sought to examine in depth these findings, by focusing on whether the current (hours per week) or overall (how many years) exposure to Gangster Rap (videos and lyrics) could predict; physical, verbal, overall aggression, anger, and hostility. A total of 105 participants completed their questionnaires measuring their Gangster Rap exposure and Aggression. Findings from 10 multiple regression analyses revealed that gender was the only significant predictor variable that explained variations in one criterion variable (physical aggression), where being a male explained higher scores in Physical Aggression. Because findings are inconsistent with previous research, implications for this study, along with limitations and best practices are later discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
O'Brien, Fearghal
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Aggressiveness
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Tamara Malone
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2023 11:03
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2023 13:01

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