ERIC Number: ED206978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Sexuality and Student Development: Sexual Anxiety As It Relates to Chickering's Vectors.
Crouse, Roy H.; Doebbeling, Brad
Psychological stress has been identified as a main variable related to adjustment in college and to college attrition. Five of Chickering's seven areas of development for college students have been related directly to sexuality. Although a major concern of college students is the anxiety associated with sexual issues, little research has been published concerning the impact of college life on sexual anxiety. Undergraduate men (N=40) and women (N=40) completed a form of the Concept Specific Anxiety Scale containing eight referrant concepts to represent sexual situations that commonly elicit anxiety among college students. Results indicated that although females reported higher anxiety levels than males, none of the differences were significant. Women tended to report more anxiety than men in seven of the eight situations, with the exception that men tended to be more homophobic. The effects of age appeared to be more powerful than class rank in relation to sexual anxiety, suggesting that the decreases in sexual anxiety were attributed more to life experiences than to the college environment. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (51st, Denver, CO, April 29-May 2, 1981).