Schulz, Jeffrey; Karshin, Christine; Woodiel, D. Kay
March 2006
American Journal of Health Studies;2006, Vol. 21 Issue 1/2, p123
Academic Journal
The authors examined the effects of gender, age, and behavioral intentions on decisions pertaining to the body art practices of 1,061 college students. Results indicate higher rates of tattooing and body piercing than previous research had estimated. Women reported participating at significantly higher rates than did males for both tattooing (p <. 05) and body piercing (p<. 00). Results also indicate that many students consider their body art to be a thoughtful means of self-expression. In order to effectively assist college students with reducing health risks, college health professionals need to be knowledgeable and considerate of the factors influencing decision-making.


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