Ursidae: The Undergraduate Research Journal at the University of Northern Colorado

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Thomas Dunn


College environments have been expected to provide a time of experimentation. This study focuses on college students’ involvement in brief sexual encounters which are considered hookups and compares hookup behaviors of seniors and freshmen and males and females at different stages of their undergraduate education. This survey examines hookup behavior in relation to drug and alcohol use, contraception, self-esteem, regret, emotional reactions, and the Problem Behavior Inventory which is a screening device for depression, anxiety, and symptoms of common psychological distress. 105 students were surveyed, 60 were female and 45 were male. 54 participants were seniors and 51 were freshmen. Analyses revealed that few differences exist between freshmen and seniors and males and females in regards to hookup behavior.