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New Study Finds What We All Already Knew Well Before: "Metal Is Good For Your Mental Health"

In the Journal of Community Psychology, Australian psychologists say that metal has a positive influence on young people aged 18-24. Researchers say metal helps protect fans from stress and bullies:

"Metal identities are popularly represented as leading to mental health issues but with flawed evidence. We documented the community contexts around metal and well-being by talking to young metalheads directly. We engaged in repeated, informal talks with 28 young Australians who strongly identified with metal (aged 18–24 years, 5 females and 23 males), and found that the metal identities and community protected them from mental health problems. Four core themes were found from transcripts: they were all bullied or marginalized through social relationships at school; they enjoyed the impact of metal music and lyrics when angry or ostracized; they felt part of a protective community of metalheads, even though in many cases at this age it was more imagined than real; and embodying metal identities enabled them to keep bullies, detractors, and others at bay, and to find friend groups. By talking repeatedly, directly with young metalheads, it was found that metal identities were helping participants to survive the stress of challenging environments and build strong and sustained identities and communities, thus alleviating any potential mental health issues."

Read the whole study HERE.

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1. Ytse writes:

As much as I agree with the results of this study, it has to be said that the sample size of this study is WAY too small to have any relevant conclusions drawn from it. I feel like this would definitely be repeatable on a larger scale, though... I know there’s been at least one study done on women’s mental health related to metal.

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2. Albert writes:

I agree with this study becuse metal is far more complex
Than pop , hip hop wich are minimalistic and narrow

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