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Sociology Project

Physical Appearance Survey
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Esther Baas

on 4 October 2011

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Transcript of Sociology Project

Physical Appearance Survey Results Researchers:
Esther
Mandy
Iris
Stacy Our Sample Included:
59 Females
48 Males
17 Freshman
13 Sophmores
45 Juniors
32 Seniors Our population was high school students at Oshkosh West. We surveyed 107 random Oshkosh West students as a sample. Where we collected our data:
Computer Art Class
Study Halls
Psychology Class
Algebra 2/Trig Class When we collected our data:
During schoool hours; specifically hours 2, 3, 7
Friday, September 23
Monday, September 26
Tuesday, September 27
Wednesday, September 28 In a way, this is a quality representative sample. We surveyed a good amount of high school students, yet we ended up with almost half of them being juniors. We found that very few people we surveyed already had tattoos, mosty likely because you have to be 18 in Wisconsin. However, we found that more people planned on getting a tattoo than not. This may be because tattoos can be meaninful and sentimental, therefore many people plan on honoring something they care about. The people with lower GPA's are more likely to get a tattoo, or plan on getting one. The people with higher GPA's do not plan on getting a tattoo at all. For example, 100% of people in our data that have a GPA of <1.0 have a tattoo. This may show that certain groups of people may have different values. Therefore, people with lower GPA's may find things such as tattoos important, while others with higher GPA's may find school important. However, some people may simply be good at school, and get good grades easily. Correlations? 1.) The higher the GPA, the less likey the person is to get a tattoo. This is a negetive correlation, because the slopes would be opposite. Some intervening variables may be allergies to tattoo ink, religion, parent permission, etc. 2.) The more people agree with the dress code, the more people follow it. This also goes for the people that disagree; they're less likely to follow it. This is a positive correlation, because the slopes would be traveling the same ways. Some intervening variables may be the clothes that they own, nazi-parents, their style, their past school records, etc. 3.) Females are more likely to follow the dress
code than males. This is a positive correlation because
as one thing happens, the other follows. Some intervening
variables may be that women don't feel comfortable
exposing themselves, females are more afraid of getting in
touble, males don't think it pertains to them as much, etc. Even though there were more females surveyed, more males admitted to judging people on weight than females did. This means that men are more judgemental on weight than women, or they're more open to admitting it. This may mean that guys focus more on appearance than females. This data could be used to see if the dress code is effective. It could also be used to relate gender and judging. It could be used to see how and why teenagers dress the way they do. It also could be used to see the thoughts about the way people dress, and see how GPA and grade level effect that. Future Research: Get the information of more students, as well as questioning them furthur on WHY they plan on getting a tattoo, or WHY they don't follow the dress code.
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