ERIC Number: ED243528
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
College Student Graffiti: Clues to Student Needs, Conflicts, Frustrations and Preoccupations.
Workman, John F.; And Others
In spring 1978, a study was conducted at a large community college in Southern California to determine what washroom graffiti revealed about the concerns of community college students. Graffiti were monitored for a 1-month period in one male and one female washroom in each of six classroom and general purpose buildings. Graffiti were copied verbatim on index cards and assigned to one of 17 categories: sexual request, political, sexual insult, sexual humor, general insult, racial insult, sexual/scatalogical words, names, racial/sexual insult, cry for help, general humor, moral, romantic, religious, drugs, general racial, and miscellaneous. An analysis of the 379 units of graffiti copied indicated: (1) men and women produced roughly equal amounts of graffiti; (2) male graffiti tended to fall in the areas of sexual requests (18.6%), political comments (11.3%), sexual insults (9.6%), and sexual humor (7.9%); (3) female graffiti tended to be in the categories of romantic (28.1%), names (18.3%), miscellaneous (8.8%), religious (7.4%), and moral (6.9%); (4) for every erotic reference in the women's washrooms there were two romantic ones, while in the men's washrooms there were ten erotic references for every romantic reference; (5) the general purpose, library, and administration buildings had the greatest amount of graffiti; and (6) 44% of the graffiti in the humanities building had homosexual references, compared with only 8% in the science building. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented by John F. Workman at the Fall Meeting of the California College Personnel Association (Asilomar, CA, 1983).