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Performance Anxiety, Alcohol-related Problems, and Social/Emotional Difficulties of College Students: A Comparative Study between Lower-division Music and Non-music Majors

Kris S. Chesky, John Hipple
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 12 Number 4: Page 126 (December 1997)

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Abstract: Performance anxiety, alcohol problems, and social/emotional concerns of lower-division music and non-music major students were evaluated and compared. Three hundred fifty-nine subjects (n = 359) participated in the study. Measures included two versions of the Performance Anxiety Inventory (PAI), the Young Adult Alcohol Problems Screening Test (YAAPST), and a social/emotional problem checklist. Overall, comparisons using analysis of covariance, chi-square, and discriminant analysis indicated significant differences between the music and non-music major groups. The subjects majoring in music were determined to have significantly fewer alcohol-related problems and social-emotional concerns compared with the non-music major students. Findings from this study further extend the knowledge base in regard to similarity of adjustment difficulties between and among groups of students as well as with problem patterns already known to exist in professional musicians. Further research is suggested.

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