by Barbara Miller
Metal music fans in France are no more anxious or depressed than the general population, in fact, they are somewhat less so. Fewer than 5 percent of the 333 fans in a recent study have pathological symptoms, as evaluated on the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). Characteristics of the small minority with high scores for anxiety and depression are: literature/arts interests rather than scientific interests, writing metal music lyrics, alcohol consumption, and body modification/scarification. Relevance: opponents of metal music should re-examine the basis for their criticism.
Photo, “Heavy Metal Funhouse”, via Flickr and Creative Commons.