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Survey 1 Running Head: Skin Color and Hair Survey

Relationship of Skin Color and Hair Survey Shanice Elliott Social Work 300-02 Ms. McArthur November 12, 2011

Survey 2 Introduction A survey on the relationship of skin color and hair survey was given in order to evaluate the views of college students attending Tuskegee University. Skin color and hair is very important to our generation today. Your skin tone and hair helps perceive your beauty and whether you are the ideal beauty among many other African Americans. This goes to show that skin color and hair plays a vital role in student’s social life. Three background questions were given on age, class, and gender; as well as seven opinion questions. These questions will help me interpret the data. By evaluating the results of this survey I will find the different opinions on each college student depending on their age, classification, and gender. These results will be supported from the data I collect and interpret.

Survey 3 Results Table 1 Age of Respondents

age under 21 21-24 25-40 41 and above

frequency 58 36 5 1

percent 58% 36% 5% 1%

Table 2 Gender of Respondents

gender male female missing

frequency 47 52 1

percent 47% 52% 1%

Table 3 Classification of Respondents

classification freshmen sophomore junior senior graduate

frequency 11 31 23 30 5

percent 11% 31% 23% 30% 5%

Survey 4 Table 4 In the African American community do you think there is still a specific shade of skin that is considered beautiful or attractive?

respondents yes no missing

Frequency 76 22 2

percent 76% 22% 2%

Table 5 Do you think the media (TV, music, videos, and film) affects the issue of color consciousness with African Americans? respondents most of the time some of the time hardly ever very seldom missing Table 6 Is there such a thing as a good hair? respondents strongly agree agree neutral disagree strongly disagree missing frequency 43 21 19 7 8 2 percent 48% 21% 19% 7% 8% 2% frequency 48 40 3 6 3 percent 48% 40% 3% 6% 3%

Survey 5 Table 7 Does having “good texture” hair make you more attractive? respondents yes no missing frequency 65 33 2 percent 65% 33% 2%

Table 8 Has anyone ever described someone to you as being “ light skinned with good hair”?

respondents yes no

frequency 76 24

percent 76% 24%

Survey 6 Table of Contents

Univariate graph 1 Univariate graph 2 Univariate graph 3 Univariate graph 4 Univariate graph 5 Univariate graph 6 Univariate graph 7 Univariate graph 8 Bivariate graph 1 Bivariate graph 2 Bivariate graph 3 Multivariate graph 1 Multivariate graph 2

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Age of Respondents
1% 5%

under 21 36% 58% 21-24 25-40 41 and above

Gender of Respondents
1%

47% 52%

male female missing

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Classification of Respondents
5% 11%

freshmen 30% 31% sophomore junior senior graduate

23%

The age of the majority of the respondents that took the survey was 21 and under and between the ages of 21 to 24.The age group 21 and under recorded the highest percentage with 58%. The respondents of ages 21 to 24 recorded with a percentage of 36%. Based on my results this topic grabs the attention of people who are young. Based on my results I can also say that respondents who are older don’t see skin color and hair being that important. The genders of most of the respondents were females with a percentage of 52%. The gender group male recorded with a percentage 47%. Based on my results it can be said that females and males focus on and care about skin color and hair just about the same. Although females tend to take these things much more serious than males do.

Survey 9 The classifications of most of the respondents were sophomore, juniors, and seniors. The classification group sophomores recorded the highest percentage with 31%. The classification group juniors recorded with a percentage of 30% and the seniors with a percentage of 23%.

Does having "good texture" hair make you more attractive?
2%

33% yes no missing 65%

This graph shows the opinion of respondents who may or may not feel that good texture hair makes you more attractive. 65% of the respondents responded with a yes, saying that good texture hair does make you more attractive. Wheras 33% of the respondents responded with a no believing that in order to be more attractive you don’t need to have good texture hair. Refering to my data majority of the respondents that attend Tuskegee University believe that in order to be more attractive you need to have good texture hair.

Survey 10

Is hair texture more important to women, men, or both?
4%

35%

women men both

54% 7%

missing

This graph shows the opinion of the respondents who believe that hair texture is either more important to women, men, or both. Majority of the respondents believe that hair texture is important to both male and female. 54% of the respondents believe that hair texture is important to both. 35% believe that it is just important to women and 7% believe that its just important to men. Based on my data you can conclude that hair texture is important to both genders.

Survey 11

Are natural or ethnic hair styles less or more attractive?
6%

less attractive 43% 51% more attractive missing

This graph shows whether or not respondents feel that natural or ethnic hair is either less attractive or more attractive. 51% of the respondents responded that natural hair is less attractive. 43% of the repsondents responded that natural hair is more attractive. Majority of the respondents think that natural or ethnic hair is less attractive. As a result I can say that most college students believe that ethnic hair is not attractive and would prefer not to model that style.

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When you percieve beauty or attractivness, does it matter whether the hair is real or synthetic?
2%

21%

26% extremely moderately not at all missing

51%

This graph shows the opinion of college students on the topic of when the percieve beuty does it matter whether the hair is real or synthetic. 51% of the respondents responded with moderately. 26% of the respondents responded with extremeley and 21% responded with not at all. Majority of the respondents believe only to a certain extent does it matter that the hair is real or synthetic when percieving beauty. In other words they majority is neutral to the topic.

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If you do not yet have on, does the skin tone of a potential mate have any bearing on whether or not you chose that person?
1% 5% definitley won't probably won't probably will definitley will missing

37% 30%

27%

This graph shows the opinion of respondents on whether or not the skin tone of a potential mate may have any bearing on why they chose that person. 37% of the respondents responded with definitley won’t and 27% responded with probably won’t. Whereas 30% of the respondents responded with probably will and 5% responded with definitley will. Majority of the respondents won’t let the skin tone of their potential mate have any bearing on why they chose that person. Based on my data I can assume that most college students don’t take skin tone into consideration when they are choosing a potential mate.

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By age of respondents in the African American community, do you think that there is still a specific shade of skin that is considered beautiful or attractive?
50% 40% percentage 30% 20% 10% 0% under 21 21-24 Age 25-40 41 and above yes no

This bivariate graph gives the opinion of whether or not the respondents think that there is still a specific shade of skin that is considered beautiful or attractive in the African American community. This response is conducted by the age group of the respondents. Majority of the respondents believed that there is still a shade of skin considered beautiful in the African American community less than half responded that they disagreed. A large percent of respondents will not think they are beautiful or attractive unless they fit into that shade of skin that is considered to be beautiful. As a result this data shows that most college students believe that there is a skin tone that’s considered to be beauty.

This graph gives you a group of age respondents of under 21, 21 to 24, 25 to 40, and above 41. Starting from under 21, 45% of respondents responded yes to the question while11% responded no. The age group of respondents from 21 to 24, 26% responded yes and 10% responded no. Of the age group 25 to 40, 4% of the respondents responded yes and 1% responded no. For the age group 41 and above, 1% of the respondents responded yes. Based on my data I can conclude that majority of the respondents believe you have to be a certain skin color to be considered beautiful.

Survey 15

By classification do you think the media affects the issue of color consciousness with African Americans?
16% 14% 12% 10% 8% 6% 4% 2% 0% freshmen sophomore junior Classification senior graduate

Percentage

most of the time some of the time hardly ever very seldom

This bivariate graph gives the opinion of respondents who thinks that the media effects the issuse of color consciousness with African Americans. This response is conducted by the classification of the respondents. What this question is basically asking is does the media portay a certain skin color within the african amerian community that is considered to be the ideal skin tone. When reffering to media I mean TV, music, videos, and film. As a result this data shows that most college students believe that based on what they hear and see in the media is the ideal skin color. This graph gives you the classification of freshmen, sophomore, juniors, seniors, and graduate students. It also gives you a legend of whether the resppndents believe that the media effects the issue of color consciousness with African Americans most of the time, some of the time, hardly ever, or very seldom. Starting from freshmen, 6% of respondents responded most, 4% some, and 1% very seldom. Then the sophmore respondents responded 15% most, 11% some, and 2% for both hardly ever and seldom. Of the juniors 11% responded with most, 8% with some, 1% with hardly, and 2% with very. Of the seniors 13% responded most, 15% some, and 1% very seldom. Lastly the graduate students responded with 3% most and 2% some.

Survey 16

By gender are you only attracted to light complexion people, dark complexion people, or both?
40% 35% 30% Percentage 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0% male Gender female light complexion dark complexion both

This bivariate graph gives the opinion of whether respondents are attracted to light complexion people, dark complexion people, or both. This response is shown by the gender of the respondents. Majority of the respondents are attracted to both complexions while less than half of the respondents are attracted to either light or dark complexion people. As a result this data shows that most college students aren’t only attracted to a certain skin color. This graph gives you the gender of male and female respondents. It also gives you a legend of light complexion people, dark complexion people, and both. Starting with the males, 8% of respondents responded are attracted to light complexion people, 4% dark complexion, and 34% both. Then the female respondents responded with 6% light skinned complexion people, 8% dark complexion, and 38% for both.

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By gender are you only attracted to light complexion, dark complexion, or both controlling for ages under 21?
30% 25% Percentage 20% 15% 10% 5% 0% male Gender female light complexion dark complexion both

This multivariate graph shows whether respondents are attracted to liight complexion people, dark complexion, or both. This response is conducted by the gender of respondents controlling for the ages only 21 and under. Majority of the respondents that responded to this question were females. The majority of all the respondents are attracted to both light and dark complexion people. As a result of my data I can conclude that college students 21 and under don’t have a specific type when it comes to ones complexion of their skin. This graph gives you the gender of male and female respondents. It also gives you a legend of whether the respondents are attracted to light complexion, dark complexion, or both. This graph is controlling for the age group 21 and under. Male respondents 21 and under responded 5% light complexion, 2% dark complexion, and 16% for attraction to both complexions. Then the femalesrespondents 21 and under as well, responded 4% light complexion, 4% darkk complexion, and 27% for attraction to both complexions.

Survey 18

By age is there a such thing as good hair controlling for classification of sophomores?
14% 12% 10% Percentage 8% 6% 4% 2% 0% under 21 21-24 Age 25-40 41 and above strongly agree agree neutral disagree strongly disagree

This bivariate graph gives the opinion of respondents who thinks that there is a such thing as good hair. This response is conducted by the age group of the respondents controlling for the classification sophomores. Majority of the respondents believe there is such a thing as good hair. Based on my data it is safe to say that these respondents know what the meaning of good hair is. Good hair is not to be consider natural hair or ethnic hair of the African American community. You have to be mixed of some type to have good hair. This graph gives you the age group of respondents which are 21 and under, 21 to 24, 25 to 40, and above 41. It also gives you a legend of whether the resppndents strongly agree, agree, nuetral, disagree, or strongly disagree. This graph is controlling for respondents who are sophmores. Starting from the age group 21 and under 12% of the respondents strongly agree, 6% agree, 4% are neutral, 4% disagree, and 3% strongly disagree. Then in the age group 21 to 24, 1% of the respondents strongly agree and 1% of the respondents agree.

Survey 19 Summary and conclusion This assignment was conducted to survey 100 college students that attended Tuskegee University. The survey was meant to assess the views of the student’s opinions about the relationship of skin color and hair. The results were eye-catching and were a good tool for assessing college student’s views on skin color and hair. The questions were in effect at getting to the point of exactly what the students views were on skin color and hair. As well as how they felt these things might have an effect on their lives. The questions covered background information, opinion as well as calculation of the respondent’s views on. As a result my data for the survey was very effective. My data for the survey resulted in majority of the respondents responding that your skin color and hair is very vital to people in todays generation. The impact of skin color and hair in the African American community matters to many individuals. Skin color and hair can effect the beauty of an individual. While only few felt as if skin color and hair wasn’t really of importance many felt other wise. In todays society of African Americans skin color and hair play an important role in their social life. Seeing that we kept this survey to a minimum by asking only college students that attend Tuskegee University, which happens to be a historically black college, didn’t give us much of a variety of responses. In order to get a wider range of different respondents a background question of race would be a reference. Over all this survey did a good job at interpreting the data needed.

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