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Author Steur, Tiffany Anne
Title Examination of the Psychological Characteristics of Body Modifiers: A Connection to Self-injury?
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Descript 123 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 72-06, Section: B, page: 3722
Adviser: Sherry Skidmore
Thesis (Psy.D.)--Alliant International University, Los Angeles, 2011
As body modification has increased in prevalence and acceptance, so does the suggestions by health professionals and researchers that it may be utilized for self-injurious purposes. This study sought to identify significant differences between tattooed and non-tattooed respondents across measures of the associated characteristics of self-injury. Risk of body dysmorphic disorder, borderline personality disorder, and alexithymia were assessed using online and in-person surveys. The tattooed respondents were more likely to endorse an arrest history, incarceration history, and a high or medium risk of alexithymia. Results illustrated that there remains a lack of definitive evidence for the support that body modification can be classified as self-injurious. Limitations of the findings and suggestions for future research are explored
School code: 1436
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 72-06B
Subject Psychology, Behavioral
Psychology, Behavioral Sciences
Alt Author Alliant International University, Los Angeles. Los Angles, CSFS
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