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Sexual Decision Making in the Context of Hookup Culture; A Mixed-Method Examination

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dc.contributor.advisor Kimmel, Michael S en_US
dc.contributor.author Kalish, Rachel en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of Sociology. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-20T16:51:14Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-20T16:51:14Z
dc.date.issued 2014-12-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11401/76824 en_US
dc.description 201 pg. en_US
dc.description.abstract This dissertation is a multi-method study of college students' sexual decision-making. It relies on interviews and focus groups to examine how college students make decisions within the context of the " hook-up culture" (Heldman and Wade 2010) prominent on American campuses. Patterns in the qualitative data are examined quantitatively using the Online College Life Survey. To understand how students make decisions in hookup culture, I examine their views of relationships, how they enact relationships, and the effects of hooking up on relationships. I that students envision relationships in their future, and choose not to expend time on them during their early undergraduate studies. Counter to common stereotypes, both male and female students express experience with and desire for relationships, which often form after a period of hooking up, not traditional , yet high-status students are more likely to experience and relationships. Hooking up also impacts relationships, as students rely on gendered stereotypes to evaluate their peers' behaviors and motivations; females think that males want sex, and males expect females to want a relationship, which complicates things for students whose desires are counter to these stereotypes. I next examine decisions about choice of partner and sexual activity. Gender expectations shape these choices for undergraduates. Men make decisions based on the accolades they expect from peers, while women make decisions to shield them from being labeled a slut, evidence of the double standard. To men, a " good" partner is one who is highly desired by others; women consider a " good" partner someone who is trusting and non-coercive. These gendered stereotypes also factor into sexual behaviors, where women engage in sex acts to cement the bond with her partner, as evidence of the relational imperative. Young men are also affected, and engage in sex acts when they do not want to, but do so to mitigate against any threat to his masculinity. As a result of gender role expectations, much of the sex on college campuses may not be fully desired by the parties, but it is an agentic choice because of the social outcome it produces. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work is sponsored by the Stony Brook University Graduate School in compliance with the requirements for completion of degree. en_US
dc.format Monograph en_US
dc.format.medium Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sociology en_US
dc.subject.other Gender, Hookup, Masculinity, Relationship, Sexuality en_US
dc.title Sexual Decision Making in the Context of Hookup Culture; A Mixed-Method Examination en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Feldman, Kenneth en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Marrone, Catherine en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember England, Paula. en_US


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