Religious belief and practice in attitudes toward individuals with body piercing

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

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Abstract

Some research suggests adorning the body with tattoos or piercing jewelry is normative. Survey data were gathered from 450 undergraduates (72% female; 80% Euro-American; 63% freshmen and sophomores). Correlations between an index of respondents' religious belief and practice and their attitudes toward individuals who had more body piercings were weak if piercings were 7 or more, including piercings of the nipples and genitals. As religiosity is a carrier of normative behavior, individuals who have body piercings may be viewed as behaving within cultural norms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)583-586
Number of pages4
JournalPsychological reports
Volume95
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2004

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