Possible link between music, depression in teens

April 14, 2011 5:11:30 AM PDT
A new study in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine says teens that spend several hours a day listening to music are at higher risk for depression. In contrast, the study says, those who spend more time reading books have a lower risk of depression. The author stresses that doesn't mean listening to music necessarily leads to depression. He says it might be that depressed teens turn to music as a way to escape.

A new study in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine says teens that spend several hours a day listening to music are at higher risk for depression.

In contrast, the study says, those who spend more time reading books have a lower risk of depression.

The author stresses that doesn't mean listening to music necessarily leads to depression. He says it might be that depressed teens turn to music as a way to escape.