Hip Hop as an Agent for Health and Wellbeing in Schools


hip hop
student wellbeing
hip hop interventions
school programs
narrative synthesis

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Crooke, A., Comte, R., & Moreno Almeida, C. (2020). Hip Hop as an Agent for Health and Wellbeing in Schools. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 20(1). https://doi.org/10.15845/voices.v20i1.2870


Hip Hop culture has shown an increasing presence in mainstream schooling over the last 15 years. This presence has taken many forms, including extracurricular programs, pedagogical tools, and whole-school approaches to student learning and development. Yet, discourse explicitly exploring the use of Hip Hop to facilitate wellbeing outcomes in schools remains limited. To explore the state of current research at this particular intersection, this paper presents a narrative synthesis of 22 research articles reporting on the use of Hip Hop interventions for wellbeing in school settings. Results indicated a growing rate of published research articles in this area, focusing health promotion for underprivileged students of colour in urban US settings, and the need for more methodologically sound research which critically engages with socio-political contexts. Nevertheless, important benefits were reported across studies, demonstrating the value of Hip Hop in promoting across the physical, social and mental wellbeing.


Copyright (c) 2020 Alexander Hew Dale Crooke, Rachael Comte, Cristina Moreno Almeida

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