The following is a student presentation from the Summer 2012 "Media Psychology and Influence" course taught as part of the SPICE Study Abroad program at Universitat Erfurt. In this course, students were asked to propose a theoretically- and practically-relevant research model about one facet of media psychology and communication. Read more about SPICE: http://www.uni-erfurt.de/kommunikationswissenschaft/studium/bachelor-kommunikationswissenschaft/spice/
ABSTRACT: It has been suggested that listening to hip hop and rap music leads to higher substance abuse. This paper seeks to highlight existing research that might further our understanding of the topic, present and apply communication theory to help us explain this possible connection, and suggest other mediator and moderator variables which alter or strengthen the drug usage of individual persons. In this context we suggest taking a closer look at personal opinions of drug use and acceptability of drug usage in the subculture, in addition to a sensation seeking personality. Therefore we developed a structural equation model, which we will present in this paper after explaining why we suggest that listening to music does not lead directly to higher substance abuse.