What Happens in a Hook Up?: Young Women's Behaviors, Emotions, and Pleasures

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dc.contributor.author Bell, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-07T17:48:17Z
dc.date.available NO_RESTRICTION
dc.date.available 2018-06-07T17:48:17Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.date.submitted 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/144134
dc.description.abstract “Hook ups” are common among adolescents and young adults on college campuses. Prior research positions women as risking a lot when they hook up, including physical, emotional, and social costs, while they stand to benefit little from hook ups. Additionally, research shows that women do not often experience orgasms during hook ups, but little is known about women’s pleasure in hook ups outside their rates of orgasm. The current studies sought to better understand what women’s experiences in hook ups consist of in terms of behaviors, emotions, and pleasures. Study 1 (discussed in Chapter 3) asked young women (N=23) to perform a card-sort in relation to their actual and desired behaviors and emotions in their most recent hook up. Results from Study 1 show that women reported desiring more oral and manual sex and more orgasms from a variety of sexual activities. Study 2 (discussed in Chapter 4) asked young college women (N=23) to participate in in-depth interviews regarding their sexual pleasure during hook ups with men. Results from Study 2 revealed that women reported that they experienced a range of different pleasures in their hook ups with men, including but not limited to orgasm. Women in Study 2 also discussed how the norms of hook up culture impacted their ability to prioritize or pursue their own sexual pleasure, and how men violated the norm of reciprocity. Study 3 (discussed in Chapter 5) surveyed young college women (N=102) about their behaviors, emotions, and pleasures in hook ups. Results from Study 3 revealed that a typical hook up involved a range of sexual behaviors; women reported giving oral sex more often than they received it. Women in Study 3 also reported frequent positive emotions in relation to their hook ups and fewer negative emotions in contrast to prior research. Results from Study 3 also showed that while a typical hook up included men’s orgasm, women rarely experienced orgasm in their hook ups. Women who reported engaging in a greater number of hook ups in Study 3 were more likely to experience a sense of accomplishment, satisfaction and a greater likelihood of receiving oral sex from their partner. Across the three studies, women reported positive emotions in relation to their hook ups, but reported greater desire for more reciprocity, oral and manual sex, and orgasms during their hook ups with men. Results are discussed in relation to women’s sexual freedom to prioritize their own pleasure amidst a sexual milieu that privileges men’s pleasure during sexual encounters.  
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject pleasure
dc.subject women
dc.subject qualitative
dc.title What Happens in a Hook Up?: Young Women's Behaviors, Emotions, and Pleasures
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.thesisdegreename PHD
dc.description.thesisdegreediscipline Psychology and Women's Studies
dc.description.thesisdegreegrantor University of Michigan, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies
dc.contributor.committeemember McClelland, Sara Isobel
dc.contributor.committeemember Cortina, Lilia M
dc.contributor.committeemember Conley, Terri
dc.contributor.committeemember Ward, Lucretia M
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel Psychology
dc.subject.hlbtoplevel Social Sciences
dc.description.bitstreamurl https://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/2027.42/144134/1/sarahnb_1.pdf
dc.identifier.orcid 0000-0002-8796-7892
dc.identifier.name-orcid Bell, Sarah; 0000-0002-8796-7892 en_US
dc.owningcollname Dissertations and Theses (Ph.D. and Master's)
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