Contemporary college students and body piercing

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

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Abstract Student (N = 450) demographic characteristics (parental composition and relationships, and religious participation) were documented in those with body piercings (32%) and those without body piercings (55%), yet many risky behaviors were present, including tattooing (22%). Major piercing purposes were self-expression and identity, rather than deviancy or rebellion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-61
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2004


  • Body piercing
  • College students
  • Religion
  • Risk behaviors


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