Religious belief and practice in attitudes toward individuals with body piercing.

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.

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@article{Koch2004ReligiousBA, title={Religious belief and practice in attitudes toward individuals with body piercing.}, author={Jerome R. Koch and Alden Roberts and Myrna L. Armstrong and Donna C. Owen}, journal={Psychological reports}, year={2004}, volume={95 2}, pages={583-6} }