Year: 2002 Source: Pediatrics, v.109, no.6, (June 2002), p.1021-1027 SIEC No: 20050398

This study assessed tattoos & body piercings as markers of risk-taking behaviors in adolescents. Researchers found that participants with tattoos &/or body piercings were more likely to have engaged in risk-taking behaviours & at greater degrees of involvement than those without either. These included disordered eating behaviour, gateway drug use, hard drug use, sexual activity, & suicide. Tattoos & body piercings were found to be more common in females than males. (18 refs)