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Rev Med Chil. 2012 Feb;140(2):198-206. doi: 10.4067/S0034-98872012000200008.

[Association between tattoos, piercings and risk behaviors in adolescents].

[Article in Spanish]

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Departamento de Dermatología, Facultad de Medicina, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile. mlauracossio@gmail.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The use of tattoos and piercings has increased, especially among adolescents in the last decades.

AIM:

To evaluate the prevalence of these behaviors in adolescents and their association with risk behaviors such as alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use and sexual promiscuity.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

An anonymous and confidential survey about tattooing and piercings was applied to randomly selected high school teenagers, attending municipal, private-subsidized and private schools, in four sectors of Santiago (north-east, south-east, north-west, south-west).

RESULTS:

The surveys were answered by 1329 participants with a mean age of 15 years (62% women) from 9 schools in Santiago. The prevalence of tattoos was 1.7% (confidence intervals (CI) 1.1% to 2.5%). The figure for piercings was 30.6% (CI 28.2 to 33.1%). A higher prevalence of tattooing and piercings was observed in groups with a history of psychiatric disorders, criminal records, alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug consumption and initiation of sexual activity (p < 0,001).

CONCLUSIONS:

This study confirms that tattoos and piercings are indicators of adolescent risk behaviors.

PMID:
22739949
DOI:
10.4067/S0034-98872012000200008
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