Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Psychology
perception, dangerousness, treatability, tattoos, biases
Considerable research suggests that stimuli with a visible tattoo are rated as more negative (Dean, 2010, Wohlrab et al., 2007). The present study was designed to investigate the implications of such research on legal decision-making. Participants (N=102) were randomly assigned to respond to a vignette paired with an offender photograph with or without a visible face tattoo. Responses were recorded on a visual analog scale, and results indicate a significant difference with regard to the treatability of offenders. Specifically, offenders with a visible face tattoo were rated less likely to benefit from treatment (F (1, 100) = 4.579, p = 0.035) as compared to those without a visible tattoo. No significant differences were found with regard to guilt, dangerousness, likelihood of recidivism, or necessity of incarceration.
© Kristina Kay Johnston
Johnston, Kristina Kay, "The Mark of the Beast: Investigating the Relationship Between a Visible Face Tattoo and Perceptions of Dangerousness" (2012). MSU Graduate Theses. 1790.