College students, tattoos, and sexual activity

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

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This research examined the association of having a tattoo and engaging in premarital sexual intercourse. Data gathered from a convenience sample of 450 college students indicated that tattooed respondents were substantively and significantly more likely to be sexually active than nontattooed college students. Tattooed men became sexually active at a significantly earlier age than nontattooed men but no such difference was found between tattooed and nontattooed college women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)887-890
Number of pages4
JournalPsychological reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2005


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