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People with tattoos are more aggressive than those who aren’t inked research suggests

Published 16/10/2015 | 15:19

People with tattoos are more likely to be aggressive that those who haven’t been inked, research suggests.
People with tattoos are more likely to be aggressive that those who haven’t been inked, research suggests.

Despite the rise in the numbers of those getting inked, new research suggests that people cannot escape the stereotypical image associated with tattoos.

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A study conducted in Anglia Ruskin University suggests that people with tattoos are more likely to be aggressive that those who haven’t been inked.

The research, published in the journal Body Image, interviewed almost 400 adults varying in ages between 20 and 60 years old and found that 25pc of them had at least one tattoo.

This percentage of the group was found to display significantly higher levels of verbal aggression and anger.

“Tattooed individuals reported significantly higher levels of verbal aggression, anger, and reactive rebelliousness compared with non-tattooed adults,” the report reads.

The research also analysed the educational achievements of the group as a whole and found no significant difference in the achievements or progression of those both with or without tattoos.

Professor Viren Swami, who led the research said: “One explanation [of the results] is that people who have higher reactive rebelliousness may respond to disappointing and frustrating events by getting tattooed.”

“We also found that tattooed adults had higher aggression scores on two of the four dimensions of aggression that we measured, namely verbal aggression and anger.”

“Although tattoos have now become commonplace in modern British society, our findings may have implications for understanding the reported associations between tattooing and risky behaviour among adults.”

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