Is the Actual Ideal?

A Content Analysis of College Students’ Descriptions of Ideal and Actual Hookups

Jessica M W Kratzer, Jennifer L Stevens Aubrey

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Abstract

This study examined gender differences in college students’ open-ended descriptions of ideal and actual hookups. Themes for each of the open-ended response questions were coded by two coders. Results are from a sample of undergraduate students (N = 343) and indicate that 35.9 % (N = 61) of the female participants’ descriptions were coded as “very different” between actual and ideal hookups, whereas only 17.2 % (N = 29) of male participants’ descriptions were coded as “very different.” Conversely, 55.6 % (N = 94) of male participants exhibited “no difference” between their actual and ideal descriptions of their hookup experience, whereas 38.2 % (N = 65) of female participants’ descriptions were not discrepant. Both differences were statistically significant. Results for descriptions of ideal hookup partners and communication expectations did not differ by gender.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSexuality and Culture
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StateAccepted/In press - Aug 25 2015

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Keywords

  • College students
  • Communication
  • Gender
  • Hookup

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies

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