An Exploratory Correlational Study among Music Scholarships, Average Amount of Hours Practiced, and Obsessive-Compulsive Traits

The purpose of this exploratory study was to investigate correlations of obsessive-compulsive traits, amount of hours practiced, and music scholarships. Participants included 150 undergraduate and graduates students who were attending a school of music located in the southwest region of the United States. Participants completed an online questionnaire which included inquiries related to demographics, music scholarships, average amount of time practiced, obsessive-compulsive traits, and whether they had been diagnosed in the past by a medical professional as having an obsessive-compulsive disorder. Findings indicate statistically significant correlations between obsessive-compulsive traits and amount of hours spent practicing. While there were limited statistically significant correlations between obsessive-compulsive traits and music scholarships, 88.89% (n = 9) of those diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and 100% (n = 2) of those diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder were currently on or previously received music scholarships. Findings also indicate a positive correlation between the average amount of time spent practicing and music scholarships. 

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