29 Jun 2011

The “Hook-Up” Culture on Catholic Campuses: A Review of the Literature

Hold on to your hats–Catholic girls who are religious are very likely to engage in pre-marital sex. Males? Their religiosity keeps them moral.

We’ve chosen to not expose our college age children to the brothel that is commonly called “dorm life”.

The entire report may be found here. I suggest printing it out and reading it. Bits are below.

Hail Mary, full of grace…

Most respondents complained that the culture on their campuses consisted of either having sex without necessarily progressing to a relationship, or forming a long-standing and intense bond with a man without any anticipation of a future life with that man. Most of the female respondents to this survey were disappointed with their campus culture.

Whatever the origins, the reality is that hooking up has become the dominant script for forming sexual and romantic relationships on Catholic and secular campuses. And, although the term hooking up is ambiguous in meaning, students generally use the phrase to refer to a physical encounter between two people who are largely unfamiliar with one another or otherwise briefly acquainted (Burdette, Ellison, Hill and Glenn, 2009; Glenn and Marquardt, 2001; Paul, McManus and Hayes, 2000). Most importantly, hook-ups carry no anticipation of a future relationship (Bogle, 2008; England, Shafer, and Fogarty, 2007).

Findings revealed that for both females and males, church attendance was negatively related to some forms of hooking-up behaviors (the more frequent the church attendance, the less frequent the hooking-up behavior), but religious feeling was only significant in reducing hooking-up behavior for males. For females, the emotional attachment to religion had little impact on their decision to participate in hooking-up behaviors.

This study indicated that those individuals who engage in premarital sex actually “become” less religiously involved. It is possible that those students who engage in short term acts of sexual behavior (the hook-up) also decrease religious involvement. This should come as no surprise to most faithful Catholics who have been taught about the ways in which immoral behavior can lead to additional forms of immorality and eventually a turning away from God and the sacraments.

She found that most intrinsic students were significantly less likely to participate in premarital sexual intercourse–except for Roman Catholics. For the Catholic students in the Stoddard study, affiliation with the Catholic Church made no difference in reducing the rate of engaging in premarital sexual behavior.

For this survey, a national sample of 1,000 college women participated in a telephone interview designed to examine the dating and courtship attitudes and values of contemporary college women.

To measure “hooking-up behavior,” respondents were asked: “Now, some people say that a hook-up is when a girl and a guy get together for a physical encounter and do not necessarily expect anything further. Since you have been at school have you experienced a hook-up?” Approximately 38 percent of the respondents indicated that they had engaged in a “hook-up.”

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5 responses to “The “Hook-Up” Culture on Catholic Campuses: A Review of the Literature”

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    So it seems clear that dorm life, even on a reputedly Christian campus of many Roman Catholic schools will be a stumbling block in the lives of Catholic students. I wonder if coed dorms are normal on catholic school campuses?

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    [...] sadness, scandals, sickness, Society. trackback That’s what the literature my friend Colleen Hammond reviews says (emphasis from Colleen, my comments, slavishly copying Fr. Z, in red): Whatever the origins, the [...]

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    I find it disgusting how both males and females see nothing wromg with premarital sex. The divorce rate goes up for those couples who don’t wait until marraige. Also, I abhor the pro-contraceptive crowd’s notion that teenagers are so promiscuous that they won’t stand for abstinence-only education; in fact, their talk only proves we need to promote abstinence-only education!

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    [...] Original em Collen Hammond. [...]

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