Volume 5, Issue 2, April 2016, Page: 16-20
Decisive Is What the Tattoo Shows: Differences in Criminal Behavior Between Tattooed and Non-tattooed People
Nina Zeiler, Medical School Hamburg, University of Applied Sciences, Am Kaiserkai, Hamburg, Germany
Erich Kasten, Medical School Hamburg, University of Applied Sciences, Am Kaiserkai, Hamburg, Germany
Received: Feb. 14, 2016;       Accepted: Feb. 28, 2016;       Published: Mar. 29, 2016
DOI: 10.11648/j.ss.20160502.12      View  3941      Downloads  93
Background: Many people have prejudices that subjects with tattoos have a tendency to criminal behavior. This article deals with the question if there really are differences in the inclination to criminal behavior between tattooed and non-tattooed people. Method: The investigation was conducted using 15 short descriptions of criminal behavior, which represent different crimes i.e. theft, burglary, malicious damage, consuming drugs, drinking alcohol in public transport or acting violent. The participants had to rate from zero to ten how they would react in these situations. A total of 110 persons (average age 23.5 y., 66.4% male, 33.6% female; 55% no tattoo, 45% tattooed) were interviewed. Results: There was a small but significant difference between tattooed and non-tattooed people. Interestingly there was a significant intra-group difference between more pacific and more aggressive tattoo themes. In consideration of the gender, the number of tattoos and the visibility of tattoo no significant differences or correlations were discovered. Conclusion: Decisive for the tendency toward criminal behavior is not, whether someone has a tattoo or not; more important is what the tattoo shows. Apparently people with aggressive tattoos are more prone to criminal behavior, but not people with peaceful tattoos.
Tattoo, Criminal Behavior, Prejudices
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Nina Zeiler, Erich Kasten, Decisive Is What the Tattoo Shows: Differences in Criminal Behavior Between Tattooed and Non-tattooed People, Social Sciences. Vol. 5, No. 2, 2016, pp. 16-20. doi: 10.11648/j.ss.20160502.12
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