The “Hook-Up” Culture on Catholic Campuses: A Review of the Literature
by Anne Hendershott, Ph.D. and Nicholas Dunn
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About the Authors
Dr. Anne Hendershott is the 2010-2011 John Paul II Fellow in Student Developmentfor the Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education. She served 15 yearsat the University of San Diego as director of urban studies and chair of the sociology department until 2008, when she moved to New York to become distinguished visit-ing professor of urban studies at King’s College. Her articles have appeared in
Te Wall Street Journal
, and her books include
Status Envy:Te Politics of Catholic Higher Education
Te Politics of Abortion
Moving for Work
Te Reluctant Caregivers
. Hendershott received her B.A. and M.S. degrees from CentralConnecticut State University and her Ph.D. in Sociology from Kent State University.Nicholas Dunn has served as a research assistant to Dr. Hendershott for two years. He isa senior at Te King’s College in New York City, where he studies philosophy, politics andeconomics. He has written for
Human Life Review
Catholic World Report
and was aresearch intern at the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute at the United Nations.
There is a growing body of data that points to a degradedstudent “hook-up” culture on many college campuses—includ-ing Catholic college campuses—marked by casual sexual activ-ity. This paper provides a systematic review of the social scienceliterature that has been published in the last twenty years on thedating and mating behavior of college students and assesses whatmany of these researchers have identified as the very real damagedone by the embrace of a hook-up culture.The findings are organized into four sections based on specificissues related to sexuality on campus. The first section defines thehook-up culture and identifies the extent of the problem of casualsexual behavior on college campuses. The second section consid-ers the psychological, spiritual and physical costs of such behav-ior. The third section considers the role of alcohol in encouragingand expanding the hook-up culture. The fourth section investi-gates the impact of campus polices and especially those who arehired to implement them. The paper concludes with a look at stu-dents who are taking the lead in promoting chastity and fidelity,and the authors make suggestions for additional research.
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Anne B. Hendershott, Ph.D.
John Paul II Fellow in Student Development
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Former President, Assumption College,Univ. o Windsor; and St. Thomas MoreCollege, Univ. o Saskatchewan
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