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ERIC Number: EJ872229
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
Sexual Values of 783 Undergraduates
Richey, Emily; Knox, David; Zusman, Marty
College Student Journal, v43 n1 p175-180 Mar 2009
The sexual values of absolutism (abstinence until marriage), relativism (sexual decisions made in reference to the nature of the relationship), and hedonism ("if it feels good, do it") were assessed in a convenience sample of 783 undergraduate students at a large southeastern university. Results revealed that relativism (62.1%) was the predominate sexual value followed by hedonism (24.6%) and absolutism (13.4%). Significant differences included: men were more hedonistic than women; Blacks were more absolutist than whites, older students (those 19 years of age and above) were more hedonistic than those who were younger, persons who had "hooked up" were more hedonistic than those who had not hooked up, persons who had experienced a "friends with benefits" relationship were more hedonistic than persons who had not, persons not involved in a relationship were more hedonistic than those who were involved, persons who had not cohabited were more absolutist than those who had cohabited. Theoretical explanations for gender differences and implications/limitations of the data are suggested.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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