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J Adolesc Health. 2004 Jul;35(1):58-61.

Contemporary college students and body piercing.

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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, Lubbock, 79430, USA.


Student (N = 450) demographic characteristics (parental composition and relationships, and religious participation) were documented in those with body piercings (32%) and those without body piercings (55%), yet many risky behaviors were present, including tattooing (22%). Major piercing purposes were self-expression and identity, rather than deviancy or rebellion.

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