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According to recent report published in the Journal of Community Psychology, heavy metal music can be a catalyst for improved socioemotional functioning for bullied or marginalized youth.

They find that for some fans metal music may play a protective role against mental health issues in the context of adverse environmental factors.

Heavy metal artists have long been met with criticism by concerned parents and politicians. Metalheads (heavy metal fans) have likewise fallen victim to undeserved suspicion.

Authors said:

“A common perception is that metal music and culture either leads to mental health issues or attracts people with mental health issues.

There is a dearth of good research on young metalheads,” Rowe and Guerin write, “instead there is a history of speculating on the mental health of metal youth through correlational and experimental research that record nothing of the detailed social contexts and immediate life-worlds by talking to the metalheads directly.”

Click here to entire research report.

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