A new study has found that people who listen to rock, hip hop or electronic music by age 12 are more likely to commit minor crimes in their mid-teens.
Those who listened to jazz and classical at an early age were found to be more likely to behave as teenagers.
However, rock isn't the only one to blame. A link was also found between teenage crime and mainstream genres like R&B and trance.
A key thing to note is that genres like rock do not specifically cause delinquent behaviour. Rather, the study finds that early listening habits merely help predict later behaviour.
The researchers at Utrecht University in the Netherlands were so convinced by the study that they believe music is a better indicator of teenage behaviour than their behaviour as a pre-teen.
"We were stunned ourselves
," Dr. Tom ter Bogt
told the Toronto Star
. "We checked it over and over again
Boys were more likely than girls to commit minor crimes as a teenager, and were found to have a stronger preference for loud music.
Is is believed that teenagers who are at odds with their parents and teachers are inclined to engage in 'sensation seeking'. This may include listening to music or taking drugs.
In turn, they seek the company of others with similar interests and strive for status in this group by competing on their consumption of music, alcohol or drugs. Unfortunately, the status earned in these teenage groups is unable to serve the individual in later life.
Dr. Tom ter Bogt notes that the study focussed on a limited type of teenage behaviour, and did not consider serious adult criminal behaviour.