A Closer Look at "Hooking Up"
by mhutc2 on March 14, 2014 - 10:07pm
The article, "First-Year College Women's Motivations for Hooking up: A Mixed-Methods Examination of Normative Peer Pecceptions and Personal Hookup Experiences," explores the different reasons college freshman women participate in hooking up. The researchers carried out this research through asking 221 female freshmen about their female peers' reasons behind hooking up. They also collected data on personal hook-up experiences from these 221 freshmen. The research hypothesized that those women who had hooked up in college would have positive normative peer perceptions, while those who had not hooked up would most likely have negative normative peer perceptions. They then collected data through a six-month survey, which they paid 221 freshmen women to take. Through this survey, the researchers found that a large number of these women believe that their peers are hooking up to coping- avoiding internal emotions. The rest of the reasons included external motives, social motives, and conformity motives. Five percent of the women answered that they did not know why their peers choose to hookup. Through their research, they found that the reasons that women hook up in college are predominantly positive, social reasons (Kenney et al., 2013).
The main purpose of the article was to find out why casual sex has become so popular in college. The main assumption in the article was that if these freshmen women had positive influences when it came to hooking up, they would, too. However, those who had friends with negative views on hooking up would not hook up themselves. The researchers found that that those who did hook up inputted positive reasons of hooking up, such as having fun or trying to find a guy to date, while those who had negative peer perceptions had reasons such as the women wanting attention, or using hooking up as a coping mechanism. Their research supported their hypothesis. If we take this reasoning seriously, the implications would be that those women who have a positive peer perception will continue to hook up, while those with negative peer perceptions will continue to not participate. In conclusion, it is clear that the behavior of these women depends on that of their peers (Kenny et. Al, 2013).
Shannon R. Kenney , Vandana Thadani , Tehniat Ghaidarov & Joseph W. LaBrie (2013) First-Year College Women's Motivations for Hooking up: A Mixed-Methods Examination of Normative Peer Perceptions and Personal Hookup Participation, International Journal of Sexual Health, 25:3, 212-224. Retrieved From: http://www.tandfonline.com.ezproxy2.drake.brockport.edu/doi/pdf/10.1080/...