The Role Of Body Adornment And Other Deviant Behaviors Essay

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Reviewing these numbers, there is a clear relationship between body adornment and other deviant behaviours; however, they do not account for why there is a link. Why is it that bodily-adorned individuals seem to differ in these secondary behaviours when compared to those who have refrained from decorating their bodies? Gordon Forbes provides a potential answer, though perhaps maybe not as straightforward as some would like. Forbes’ research into family experience, motives, and personality begins by backing up Koch et al.’s findings, stating that “those with modifications were more reckless and risk-taking, drunk more often, and used marijuana more often (Forbes, 2001)”. Delving into individuals’ pasts to see if the family makeup had any influence on deviant behaviour, Forbes found that there was no significant difference between adorned and plain individuals when it came to their upbringing. What he did discover was how personalities differed; those who were more reckless as children had higher rates of body adornment later in life (Forbes, 2001). By having a reckless personality by nature, it is more likely that an individual will engage in a multitude of deviant behaviours other than adornment, it is just in their character. A perfect example is above; those who had tattoos were more likely to have tattoos (Koch. et al., 2005). However, is it the tattoo causing the early onset of sexual practice, or is personality a spurious variable in this equation?
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