Professor's perceptions of the pierced population: too cool for schoolwork?

Alexander O. Dreussi, The College of Wooster


Although levels of body modification have risen in the past few decades in younger generations, very little research has been done looking at the effects of visible modifications at the college and university levels. This study surveyed professors from two small liberal arts colleges on their reactions to three levels of facial piercing (no piercings, medium level, high level) on students, and the resulting effects on their trust and competency ratings for students. The study also examined the effects of age on acceptance of the piercings. The study did show competency ratings but not trust ratings to be affected by level of piercings, but no effects due to age of professors were found.