Date of Award

Summer 8-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



First Advisor

Maureen C. McHugh, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Beverly J. Goodwin, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Anson E. Long, Ph.D.


Sexual script research has frequently examined the affective experiences of hooking up but has neglected to investigate the influence of gender role adherence in the decision to engage in these increasingly common sexual encounters. This quantitative descriptive design and survey data collection study examines the differences between the contemporary script of hooking up and the traditional dating script. The study assesses the relationship between conformity to feminine norms, sexual history, script elements, experiences of coercion, and positive and negative emotional reactions to evaluate their involvement in the hookup and date scripts of heterosexual college-aged women. Information about basic demographic factors, sexual history, and hookup experiences of 321 heterosexual male and female participants was collected. From these participants, additional data were collected from a total of 165 women who had either previously engaged in a hookup or a date.

The major findings from the analyses indicated women who engaged in hookups endorsed a higher number of previous sexual partners, more experiences of sexual coercion, and greater negative affective reactions than women who dated. The results indicated no difference in the positive affective reactions to a recent hookup or date encounter. The hookup and date groups did not differ on overall scores of conformity to traditional feminine norms. However, several factors involved in gender role adherence were found to negatively correlate with hookups, including modesty and sexual fidelity, while investment in appearance was positively correlated with hooking up.