Psychology Faculty Presentations

Title

A Qualitative Assessment of Internal Factors for Tattooing Among College Students

Document Type

Poster Session

Conference/Event

18th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science

Location

New York, NY

Event Date

5-28-2006

Keywords

Tattooing, college students

Abstract

This empirical study utilized rigorous, qualitative methodology, appraising internal factors students utilized regarding tattoo decision-making. Results showed evidence of intrinsic value, symbolism, memorials, and reminders. Additionally, students in our sample expressed no second thoughts or regrets—but rather spoke of possible future tattooing, with some suggesting addiction-behavior potential.