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Stereotypes of Music 1 Running head: STEREOTYPES OF MUSIC FANS Stereotypes of Music Fans: Are Rap and Heavy Metal Fans a Danger to Themselves or Others? by Carrie B. Fried, Ph.D. Winona State University On-Line Publication Date: September 1, 2003 Journal of Media Psychology, Volume 8, Number 3, Fall 2003
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Stereotypes of Music 2 Abstract The current study examines the stereotypes that people hold about fans of heavy metal and rap music. Based on pervious research, it was hypothesized that stereotypes of fans of heavy metal would focus on traits and behaviors that are self-destructive, while stereotypes of fans of rap music would focus on traits and behaviors that are threats to others. The results support the hypothesis. Heavy metal fans are seen as a threat to themselves while rap fans are seen as a threat to others. In addition, fans of rap music were more likely to be described in reference to race and demographic factors. The study is discussed in terms of public concern about the negative influences of popular music on teens.