Title

College Students Attitudes Toward Individuals with Tattoos

Poster Number

8

Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Artist Statement

In America people with tattoos are associated with negative stigmas more often than those that do not have tattoos. Given that tattooing may be increasing and happening more commonly in youth than it was ten to twenty years ago, the negative stigma associated with tattoos may be diminishing. To examine perceptions of people with visible tattoos 100 undergraduate students at a private four year university, University of the Pacific, were randomly selected to veiw photographs of individuals with and without tattoos. The students were assigned to one of two groups, a control group assessed pictures of individuals without tattoos and the experimental group assessed pictures of individuals with tattoos. The expected conclusion was that individuals with tattoos would be perceived as more negatively than individuals without tattoos. Analysis showed that the initial hypothesis was correct; individuals with tattoos were perceived more negatively than those without. Our finding support previous research conducted on the matter.

Location

DeRosa University Center, Ballroom B

Start Date

1-5-2010 10:00 AM

End Date

1-5-2010 12:00 PM

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College Students Attitudes Toward Individuals with Tattoos

DeRosa University Center, Ballroom B

In America people with tattoos are associated with negative stigmas more often than those that do not have tattoos. Given that tattooing may be increasing and happening more commonly in youth than it was ten to twenty years ago, the negative stigma associated with tattoos may be diminishing. To examine perceptions of people with visible tattoos 100 undergraduate students at a private four year university, University of the Pacific, were randomly selected to veiw photographs of individuals with and without tattoos. The students were assigned to one of two groups, a control group assessed pictures of individuals without tattoos and the experimental group assessed pictures of individuals with tattoos. The expected conclusion was that individuals with tattoos would be perceived as more negatively than individuals without tattoos. Analysis showed that the initial hypothesis was correct; individuals with tattoos were perceived more negatively than those without. Our finding support previous research conducted on the matter.