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Body modifications: motivation, risk-taking behaviors and sensation seeking


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Špehar, Mateja. (2013). Body modifications: motivation, risk-taking behaviors and sensation seeking. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Jokić-Begić, Nataša].

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With the increasing popularity and acceptance of body modification, piercing and tattooing to be exact, a growing number of studies appear that deal with motivation and psychosocial factors in the background of body modification. Previous studies have revealed a positive correlation between body modifications and some other risky behaviors and personality traits. In this study we wanted to determine the motivation for piercing and tattooing and to examine differences in the use of psychoactive substances and sensation seeking personality trait among participants considering body modifications. The sample consisted of 833 participants, male and female, which included 490 participants without body modifications, 117 participants with piercing, 125 participants with tattoos and 101 participants with both piercing and tattoos. An online questionnaire was used in this research, which included questions about demographic characteristics of participants, questions about the use of psychoactive substances, questions about body modifications, the Motivation for piercing and tattooing questionnaire and Sensation seeking scale. Results showed that the most common motivator for piercing was the fact that piercings look good and the most common motivator for obtaining a tattoo was self expression. Participants with body modifications smoke, drink, and take soft and hard drugs more often than participants without body modifications. Sensation seeking as a personality trait is more expressed in the group of participants with body modification, compared to those without them, in which case it is most expressed in the group of participants with both body modifications. Our results confirm previous foreign findings and have practical implications in clinical psychology.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: body modifications, tattoos, piercings, psychoactive substances, sensation seeking
Subjects: Psychology > Psihologija ličnosti
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Jokić-Begić, Nataša
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2014 09:37
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2015 11:44

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