Mount Union Students Study Tattoos

April 24, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — With the practice of being tattooed on the rise, a group of students at the University of Mount Union decided to study whether there is a stigma attached to body art.

Student research was presented during the University’s fifth annual SCHOLAR Day event held Tuesday, April 17. Group members included senior psychology majors Cassie Durdel of Twinsburg, OH; Cayla Ovalle of Steubenville, OH; Jennifer Meyers of Eastlake OH; and junior French and psychology major Krickett Penn of Akron, OH. The group was sponsored by Tamara Daily, professor of psychology.

For their research, the group conducted a survey of 79 undergraduate students ages 18-23 at Mount Union with survey questions pertaining to participant’s perceptions of tattoos. The group found that those with tattoos were overall more accepting of others with tattoos than those without tattoos were of those with tattoos. Additionally, they noted that men with tattoos reported the most positive global attitudes toward others with tattoos.

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