By Victoria Woollaston for MailOnline. Musicians, parents and the media have spent decades discussing just how damaging explicit films and music can be on children. Now, researchers from Houston claim to have found a direct link between rap music and teens engaging in underage sex and drinking. In a study of almost students over a two-year period, they found those who listened to rap music in the seventh grade were more likely to have had sex by the ninth grade.
Researchers from Houston claim to have found a direct link between rap music and teens engaging in underage sex and drinking. Previous research has shown sexually explicit media, with extreme or subtle references to permissive sexual behaviour, has an impact on sexual behaviour among teenagers. Additionally, rap music is more likely to have sexually explicit messages than other genres.
To test this theory, researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Centre at Houston enrolled students into a two-year study. These middle school students were surveyed about how often they listened to rap music and whether they believed their peers were having sex between the ages of 13 and Students who listened to rap music three hours or more each day in seventh grade were 2.
The Houston study builds on previous research that found teenagers who listen to music that makes references to specific alcohol brands are more likely to binge drink. By studying contemporary rap and pop music, researchers at Pittsburgh University's School of Medicine found that teenagers are exposed to an average of eight alcohol brands per day.
Teens, keen to emulate the behaviour of their idols, want to get their hands on the same drinks rappers and singers are consuming, more often than not high ABV spirits and Champagne rather than soda. However, researchers found that the association was partially mediated by perceived peer sexual behaviour because youth who believed their peers were having sex were 2. The experts believe that when adolescents hear sexually explicit messages in a song, they are looking to their friends to confirm whether such behaviour is happening around them.
If their friends confirm it, they are more likely to initiate sex. But if friends are being critical of the themes in the music, they may be convinced that it's not happening around them. Rapper Kanye West is pictured. Among the study limitations were that the sample was comprised of mostly urban, ethnic minority youth and the sample was not large enough to be able to examine differences by gender or ethnicity. The researchers were also unable to examine how gender bias in rap music affects sexual initiation.
In her next phase of research, Johnson-Baker will study how listening to rap music in fifth grade influences perceptions of peers and sexual initiation later on. The findings were published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. UK on highest alert: NHS England declares coronavirus a 'level 4 incident' - the highest degree of emergency - as 12 more people in the UK are diagnosed after flying home from Germany, Italy, Singapore, Japan and Iran.
Rap music DOES 'encourage underage sex': Explicit lyrics are linked to an increase in sexual activity and drinking in teens Researchers studied almost students over a two-year period Those who listened to rap music were 2.
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