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Psychol Rep. 2000 Apr;86(2):475-81.

Behavioral and self-concept differences in tattooed and nontattooed college students.

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Psychology Department, Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA 16652, USA. Drews@juniata.edu

Abstract

235 college students rated themselves on a series of bipolar adjectives and answered questions about their involvement in a variety of "risky" behaviors, including tattooing and body piercing. 29 tattooed students rated themselves as more adventurous, creative, artistic, individualistic, and risky than those without tattoos. The 98 tattooed males considered themselves more attractive. Behaviorally, those with tattoos reported smoking more cigarettes. Tattooed men also reported more sexual partners, were more likely to report they had been arrested, and were more likely to have body piercings. The 21 tattooed women were more likely to report use of drugs other than alcohol, shoplifting, and body piercings in places other than their ears.

PMID:
10840898
DOI:
10.2466/pr0.2000.86.2.475
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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