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ERIC Number: EJ1146592
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1554-6128
"Facebook Official," "Hooking Up," "Friends with Benefits": Decoding the Terminology, Relationship Status, and Sexual Behaviors of Female College Students to Best Target Health Needs
Richman, Alice R.; Webb, Monica C.; Eicher, Lesley; Adams, Phyllis; Troutman, Jamie
American Journal of Sexuality Education, v12 n2 p136-147 2017
Objective: This study aimed to assist college healthcare providers with patient communication by determining the relationship terminology commonly used by college students. Participants: A total of 17 female college students participated in four focus groups across two Universities. Participants were primarily white (71%) and heterosexual (88%). Data collection was completed in April 2013. Methods: Focus groups were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim. Transcriptions, notes, and additional discussion summaries were reviewed, coded, and analyzed using NVivo software (v10). Results: Four over-arching themes emerged from the data, each with specific attachment characteristics, sexual behavior attributes, and terminology: No Commitment, Casual Commitment, Partial Commitment, and Full Commitment. Conclusions: The results of this study support other research that identify young adult sexual terminology as vastly differing from the clinical terminology used by healthcare professionals. However, this was the first study to discuss specific terminology across the relationship spectrum.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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