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ERIC Number: EJ1049873
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0161-827X
Sexiled: Privacy Acquisition Strategies of College Roommates
Erlandson, Karen
Journal of College and University Student Housing, v40 n2 p12-29 2014
This study sought to understand how roommates make privacy bids in college residence halls. The results indicate that privacy for sexual activity is a problem for students living in college residence halls, as almost all participants (82%) reported having dealt with this issue. Two sets of responses were collected and analyzed: privacy acquisition strategies negotiated prior to the need for privacy and privacy acquisition strategies that are spontaneous. Some roommates reported never having the need to discuss or request privacy. Therefore, three categories of responses are discussed: previously arranged strategies, spontaneous strategies, and non-strategies. The findings of this study suggest that many roommates negotiate how they will handle the need for privacy before the need arises, and when done in this manner the requests are usually direct and unaggressive. This study has implications for practitioners, students, and staff in the residence hall.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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