250919 Love, Sex, and Relationships

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 12:51 PM

Katherine Morrison, PhD , Community Health and Wellness, Curry College, Milton, MA
On March 31st, 2011 USA Today reported that there are an increasing number of emerging adult women who are opting for casual sexual relationships or “hooking up” as opposed to a committed dating relationship on college campuses. Research has shown that phenomenon leads to an increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases, a lower sense of personal agency, and a higher risk of mental health challenges including depression and anxiety. Research also indicates that there are several factors that may lend to this phenomenon including a) a strong need to establish a sense of control over personal sexuality; b) sexual competition with other women due to a lack of available male partners; c) an attempt to demonstrate of sexual prowess; d) an attempt to cope with low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety ; and e) a past history of childhood sexual abuse. This video will explore these issues with conversations from traditional-aged women who attend colleges in Massachusetts, South Carolina, and Virginia. In addition, traditional-aged men who also attend college in the aforementioned states will be interviewed about their viewpoints concerning women's sexuality on college campuses. This video will not only explore these issues with those who attend college, but also with professionals who research emerging adult sexuality including but not limited to psychologists, sociologists, and community advocates for women's health. The video will also provide guidance concerning positive, healthy sexuality among women versus less healthy sexual practices as established by institutions such as The Kinsey Institute.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related education
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
The viewers will be able to identify 3 risk factors associated with the unhealthy sexual practices of emerging adult women. The viewers will be able to list 5 forms of healthy sexuality as outlined by the Kinsey Institute (www. http://www.kinseyinstitute.org).

Keywords: Women's Sexuality, College Students

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a Ph.D. in Health Promotion and Education from the University of South Carolina. My research focus includes understanding women's physical and mental health. I have specific interests in women's sexuality, intimate partner violence, depression and anxiety.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.