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Perceptions of Music Listening as an Intervention with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Techniques




Worthey, Brandon

Type of Degree

PhD Dissertation


Special Education, Rehabilitation, Counseling


Anxiety and depression levels among college students are high and expected to continue rising. The use of mindfulness-based stress reduction, or MBSR, combined with music listening has the potential to decrease the negative symptoms of anxiety and depression among college students. Research indicates using mindfulness meditation and music listening as separate interventions benefits psychological well-being. To date, however, no research could be found that evaluates the utilization and perceived benefits of music listening as an intervention with mindfulness to reduce negative symptoms of anxiety and depression in college students. There is a need for affordable, non-invasive, and easily accessible techniques for the reduction of stress, depression, and anxiety among college students. The aim of the present study is to assess students’ utilization and perception of benefits of music listening combined with mindfulness to reduce the negative symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. A cross-sectional survey quantitative research design was used for this study. The results of this study contribute to the expanding literature surrounding the benefits of music listening as an intervention with mindfulness meditation and have implications for future research.