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ERIC Number: EJ1104230
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
Inking and Thinking: Honors Students and Tattoos
Dundes, Lauren; Francis, Antonia
College Student Journal, v50 n2 p219-223 Sum 2016
This study examines whether academically accelerated students in a college Honors program are as likely as other students to acquire a tattoo and to spend the same amount of time contemplating this decision. A convenience sample of 71 honors students and 135 non-honors students completed a survey at a small mid-Atlantic liberal arts college in 2014 (response rate: 100%). Fewer Honors students had tattoos (13% versus 29%) and a greater proportion of those who did thought about this decision for at least a year (75% versus 19%). Having a majority of friends or parents with tattoos predicted only which non-Honors students had tattoos, suggesting that Honors students' decision about tattoos may be less subject to influence by peer and parents. Honors students with tattoos were also those least likely to express concern that a tattoo could adversely affect their employment. These data suggest that the subset of Honors students with tattoos may be less sensitive to the approval of others. Instead, their tattoos may reflect a willingness to defy expectations and assumptions that stem from their academic standing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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