College students and tattoos: Influence of image, identity, family, and friends

Myrna L. Armstrong, Donna C. Owen, Alden E. Roberts, Jerome R. Koch

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Tattoos are popular among many groups of people. College students from a large university in the southwestern United States were queried using the 134-item Armstrong Team Tattoo Attitude Survey. Findings document a progressive increase in tattooing and reflect significant support for tattoos, even from non-tattooed students. Similar and positive demographic characteristics were present in individuals who were both non-tattooed and tattooed. In addition, tattooed people were viewed positively, even among non-tattooed respondents. Friends significantly affected procurement and possesion of tattoos, whereas of all family members, the sister was the only significant influence. Overall, friends, identity, and image seem to be the major influences for obtaining tattoos.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-XI
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2002


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