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Title: A Phenomenological Understanding of the Adult Crying Experience to Music Listening
Authors: Stapler, Emi Takagi
Keywords: Crying;Music;Phenomenology
Issue Date: 30-Jan-2009
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to begin developing an understanding of the personal, subjective experience of crying responses to music that arouses emotions. A phenomenological research method was used, which studies the lived experience of an individual in regard to a specific phenomenon, in this case to the crying response to music listening. This research investigated the subjective experiences individuals have while listening to music and the essence of the experiences that may exist in this experience through a phenomenological interview. The existing literature only contained one reference to crying to music, therefore, further research was necessary for this phenomenon. The literature review contains literature and research in regard to crying and music that provide a foundation for the phenomenon explored. Four participants signed consent and participated in the study. The results of the data analysis indicated that situational contexts, music, text or performance can have an influence on their experiences; there are connections, associations, or thoughts to real, anticipated, imagined or recollected relationships; physical exhibitions of intensity or anxiety were experienced between all participants; and crying experiences are personal. The essence of the experience emerged as the essential structures were compared to the literature review, and the final results indicated that relationships play a large role in the crying experience to music. Text or lyrics, situational contexts, physiological responses, and that the intimate nature of the crying experience were also important parts of the essence of the experience.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/2945
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