Jacklyn E Bertsch



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This research will examine the effect that the hook up culture has on young men from the ages of 18 to 24 that attend college at the University of Dayton. The research aims to examine if men are similar to the literature provided about how young men act in the hookup culture. A recent study conducted by Elaine M Eshbaugh and Gary Gute, in 2010 shows that young women on college campuses regret hookups (pg. 78). In addition, Rachel Allison and Barbara J. Risman’s study revealed similar findings when they interviewed young college women. They state that there is a double standard between men and women when it comes to hookups (pg. 4). However, there seems to be little to no research about how men feel on the hookup culture and how it affects them. In this research project I will explore how young college men at University of Dayton view and experience the hook up culture. Do they engage in hook ups? Do they look at other men positively for being involved in the hook up culture? Do they view men in a negative way for being involved in the hook up culture? Most importantly, how do their personal views about relationships impact their willingness to engage in the hook up culture? Do they view their participation in a positive way? Do they view it in a negative way? Do they feel any type of peer pressure to participate in the hook up culture? Are they similar to women in their desire to have relationships instead of hookups? These are the questions I hope to explore in my research.

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Project Designation

Independent Research - Undergraduate

Primary Advisor

Ruth Thompson-Miller

Primary Advisor's Department

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work


Stander Symposium project

The Hookup Culture and How it Effects Men At The University of Dayton