ERIC Number: EJ858510
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
Sexual Communication, Sexual Goals, and Students' Transition to College: Implications for Sexual Assault, Decision-Making, and Risky Behaviors
Lindgren, Kristen P.; Schacht, Rebecca L.; Pantalone, David W.; Blayney, Jessica A.; George, William H.
Journal of College Student Development, v50 n5 p491-503 Sep-Oct 2009
A qualitative study was conducted to understand college students' experiences and perceptions of sexual communication and sexual goals, and how they were affected by the transition from high school to college. Participants were heterosexual college students (N = 29). Single-sex focus groups were conducted and analyzed for themes. Major themes included gender differences in communication of sexual interest, with men reportedly perceiving more sexualized intentions than women intended to communicate. Gender similarities were observed related to preferring indirect and nonverbal communication and to having more freedom to pursue sexual goals in college. Men focused more intently on casual sex goals, whereas women reported more relationship goals and concerns about reputation.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Nonverbal Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Females, Focus Groups, Gender Differences, Males, Student Adjustment, At Risk Persons, Decision Making, Sexuality, High Schools, Student Attitudes, Drinking, Adolescents, Developmental Stages
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Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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