Psychology Faculty Publications

Title

A Qualitative Assessment of Internal Factors for Tattooing Among College Students

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 2012

Journal Title

College Student Affairs Journal

Volume

30

Issue

2

First Page

31

Last Page

44

Abstract

This empirical study utilized, qualitative methodology, appraising internal factors used by students regarding tattoo decision-making. Twenty-four students, in two qualitative research waves of data collection, provided in-depth interviews about their personal constructs regarding choosing to tattoo. Results showed evidence of intrinsic values--symbolism, memorials, and reminders. Additionally,students in our sample expressed no second thoughts or regrets but, rather, spoke of possible future tattooing.

Keywords

Psychology, tattooing, college students, qualitative assessment

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