advertisement
Home » News » People With Tattoos More Likely to Also Have Mental Health Issues
People With Tattoos More Likely to be Diagnosed with Mental Health Issues

People With Tattoos More Likely to Also Have Mental Health Issues

A new study has discovered that people with tattoos were more likely to be diagnosed with mental health issues and to report sleep problems.

Researchers also found that people who had tattoos were more likely to be smokers, to have spent time in jail, and to have a higher number of sex partners in the past year.

However, the survey-based study also found that having tattoos was not significantly related to overall health status.

The survey was conducted in July 2016 and resulted in a sample of 2,008 adults living in the United States, according to researchers.

“Previous research has established an association between having a tattoo and engaging in risky behaviors,” said lead author Dr. Karoline Mortensen, a professor at the University of Miami. “In an era of increasing popularity of tattoos, even among women and working professionals, we find these relationships persist, but are not associated with lower health status.”

The study was published in the International Journal of Dermatology.

Source: Wiley

Photo: In a survey-based study published in the International Journal of Dermatology, having tattoos was not significantly related to overall health status, but individuals with tattoos were more likely to be diagnosed with a mental health issue and to report sleep problems. Credit: International Journal of Dermatology.

People With Tattoos More Likely to Also Have Mental Health Issues

Janice Wood

Janice Wood is a long-time writer and editor who began working at a daily newspaper before graduating from college. She has worked at a variety of newspapers, magazines and websites, covering everything from aviation to finance to healthcare.

APA Reference
Wood, J. (2019). People With Tattoos More Likely to Also Have Mental Health Issues. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 22, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2019/01/27/people-with-tattoos-more-likely-to-also-have-mental-health-issues/142332.html
Scientifically Reviewed
Last updated: 27 Jan 2019
Last reviewed: By a member of our scientific advisory board on 27 Jan 2019
Published on Psych Central.com. All rights reserved.