(ORDO NEWS) — Tattoos and piercings have become more and more popular in recent years. It is believed that such body modifications are a way to express one’s individuality. However, now scientists have found a darker reason for these decorations.
In a study published in the journal BMC Psychology , researchers found that people who experienced childhood abuse and neglect were more likely to get tattoos and piercings.
To do this, the researchers analyzed data from a survey of 1,060 German participants.
Volunteers were asked a series of questions to collect socio-demographic information, including questions about tattoos, piercings, and childhood abuse. The average age of the participants was 30 years.
What did the study show?
The researchers found that approximately 40% of the participants had at least one tattoo or piercing, and nearly 25% reported at least one form of childhood abuse or neglect.
Interestingly, 48% of childhood abuse survivors had piercings or tattoos. In comparison, only 35% of participants who did not report childhood abuse had tattoos or piercings.
Different types and degrees of abuse have shown an association with both tattoos and piercings, with more severe abuse or neglect associated with more tattoos and more piercings.
It is important to note that the study has a number of limitations. Since it is based only on a sample of the German population, it is not possible to establish any definite causal relationship. The fact that the study was based on self-reports of volunteers makes it difficult to draw specific conclusions.
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