Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between musical behavior, holistic living, and self-perceived delinquency in adolescents. One hundred thirty-seven ninth-grade students from two Detroit area high schools were selected for this study. All participants completed two surveys — an adapted version of the Holistic Living Inventory (HLI) (Stoudenmire, Batman, Pavlov & Temple, 1985), and surveys developed by the researcher to measure involvement in music and self-perceived level of delinquent behavior.

A three-factor analysis of variance (ANOVA) revealed there were no significant differences between the adolescents' level of involvement in music, the degree to which they practiced holistic living, and their self-perceived level of delinquency. However, a one-factor ANOVA on each separate category indicated that those subjects involved in music, either within or outside of school, scored higher on the HLI than those not involved in music. There were no significant differences noted between those involved and those not involved in music on the self-perceived delinquency measure.