College Students Perceptions of Tattoos

Cynthia Joy Crabtree


Previous research investigating impressions of people with tattoos have found that social stereotypes affect evaluations. Our research adds valuable data to this topic by studying college students’ responses to pictures of individuals with and without tattoos to determine any differences in impressions. We hypothesized that individuals would have more stereotypic attitudes toward people with visible tattoos versus people without visible tattoos. To test this, we presented some participants with images of a man and of a woman without tattoos (control group), and we presented other participants with the same images, but with tattoos added (experimental group). Participants then rated their impressions. Contrary to our hypothesis, those who viewed the individuals with tattoos did not evaluate them differently than those who viewed the individuals without tattoos.


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