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Personality traits of people with body modifications


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Karažija, Ana. (2015). Personality traits of people with body modifications. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Bratko, Denis].

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The popularity of body modification increases in the last two decades. There are few psychological research dealing with the relationship of body modification and personality traits, and their results are quite inconsistent, mostly due to problems of sampling. The aim of this study was to examine differences in personality traits between the groups with regard to the possession / absence and type of body modification. The study included 205 students, of whom 85 (42%) were without modification, 42 (20%) had a tattoo, 36 (18%) had a piercing, and 42 (20%) had both body modification. Applied online questionnaire contained questions about sociodemographic characteristics of the participants and the scale of extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, openness and psychoticism. With regard to the possession / absence of body modification it has been shown that participants with body modification scored higher on scales of extraversion and psychoticism, and lower on scales of neuroticism and agreeableness. Given the type of modification, the participants were divided into 4 groups (without modification, only tattoo, just piercing, both body modifications). There was no difference on Big Five personality traits. On the scale of psychoticism pierced participants scored higher than the remaining three groups of participants.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: body modification, tattoo, piercing, Big Five, psychoticism
Subjects: Psychology > Psihologija ličnosti
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Bratko, Denis
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2016 09:01
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2016 09:01

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