Prevalence and acceptance of tattoos and piercings: a survey of young adults from the southern German-speaking area of Central Europe

Stefan Stieger, Jakob Pietschnig, Cornelia K Kastner, Martin Voracek, Viren Swami

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Abstract

The present study examined the prevalence and acceptance of body piercings and tattoos among a community sample from the southern German-speaking area of Central Europe. A total of 440 respondents completed information about their own body piercings and tattoos and reported whether they would be likely never to have piercings and tattoos in the future. Analyses indicated that 19.8 and 15.2% of respondents had piercings (excluding the earlobe) and tattoos, respectively. Women were more likely to have body piercings than men, but there were no sex differences in tattooing. There were also few sociodemographic differences in piercings and tattoos, and most participants reported being likely to consider body art in the future. These results are considered in relation to prevalence estimates of body art in other Western countries and the associated health risks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1065-1074
Number of pages10
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Volume110
Issue number3 Pt 2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adult
  • Attitude
  • Austria
  • Body Piercing/psychology
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Data Collection
  • Female
  • Germany
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Sex Factors
  • Tattooing/psychology
  • Young Adult

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems

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