TITLE

Moving In and Hooking Up: Women's and Men's Casual Sexual Experiences During the First Two Months of College

AUTHOR(S)
Katz, Jennifer; Tirone, Vanessa; Kloet, Erika van der
PUB. DATE
April 2012
SOURCE
Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality;Apr2012, Vol. 15, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The current study investigated casual sexual behavior, also known as "hook ups," among heterosexual undergraduates (N = 134) during their initial transition to a public residential college in the American northeast. Participants provided self-report data on their sexual attitudes and behaviors during their first two months on campus. We hypothesized that permissive sexual attitudes and perceived descriptive social norms on campus would predict hook up behavior among both women and men. We also hypothesized that, compared to men, women who hooked up would be more likely to experience risk for a negative social reputation as well as unwanted, possibly coercive sex. As expected, results showed that sexually permissive attitudes and perceived social norms were significantly associated with hook up behaviors among both women and men during the transition to college, p < .001, ?p2 = .24. Despite these similarities, new women students who hook up were more likely than their male counterparts to be socially devalued for sexual behavior during a hookup, p < .001, ?p2 = .60. Among women only, hooking up was associated with unwanted sexual penetration, p < .001. Hooking up may help some new students feel acclimated to college, yet hooking up may also lead to unexpected challenges, particularly for young women.
ACCESSION #
82724079

 

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