ERIC Number: EJ816833
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
Getting Inked: Tattoos and College Students
Manuel, Laura; Sheehan, Eugene P.
College Student Journal, v41 n4 p1089-1097 Dec 2007
This study explores whether college students with tattoos or piercings demonstrate extreme personalities and behaviors. Participants were 46 men and 164 women (mean=20.0 years). Questions assessed participants' attitudes toward tattooing, presence of a tattoo, and participation in risk taking behaviors. Participants completed the Personality Research Form (PRF)-Form E (Jackson, 1984). Those with tattoos scored higher in autonomy (mean=9.96) than those without tattoos (mean=5.55). Women with tattoos scored higher on impulsivity (p=0.04). Men with piercings were significantly higher on exhibitionism (p=0.02) and sentience (p=0.04), and significantly lower on harm avoidance (p=0.05). Women with piercings were significantly higher on social recognition (p=0.04). Those with and without tattoos reported similar attitudes toward tattoos and levels of risk taking behavior.
Descriptors: Personality Traits, College Students, Females, Males, Student Attitudes, Physical Characteristics, Student Behavior, Risk, Behavior Disorders, Mental Disorders, Sociocultural Patterns, Social Environment, Attitude Change, Correlation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Personality Research Form