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Marriage Delay, Time to Play? Marital Horizons and Hooking Up in College

Marriage Delay, Time to Play? Marital Horizons and Hooking Up in College Previous research suggests that an increasing age at first marriage has contributed to the prevalence of sexual hookups on U.S. college campuses. In this article, we use life course and marital horizons theories to analyze the influence of ideal age at first marriage on hooking up among unmarried heterosexual college students. Analyses of the Online College Social Life Survey (N = 17,981) show a positive association between ideal age at first marriage and hookups for most students, but not for students whose mothers have no post‐secondary education, Asian men, Asian women, and Latina women. Variation in ideal marriage timing does not account for gender, racial/ethnic, and class gaps in hookup participation. Results are discussed with reference to the role of sexuality in processes of stratification throughout young adulthood. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sociological Inquiry Wiley

Marriage Delay, Time to Play? Marital Horizons and Hooking Up in College

Sociological Inquiry , Volume 87 (3) – Aug 1, 2017

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
© 2017 Alpha Kappa Delta: The International Sociology Honor Society
ISSN
0038-0245
eISSN
1475-682X
DOI
10.1111/soin.12159
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Abstract

Previous research suggests that an increasing age at first marriage has contributed to the prevalence of sexual hookups on U.S. college campuses. In this article, we use life course and marital horizons theories to analyze the influence of ideal age at first marriage on hooking up among unmarried heterosexual college students. Analyses of the Online College Social Life Survey (N = 17,981) show a positive association between ideal age at first marriage and hookups for most students, but not for students whose mothers have no post‐secondary education, Asian men, Asian women, and Latina women. Variation in ideal marriage timing does not account for gender, racial/ethnic, and class gaps in hookup participation. Results are discussed with reference to the role of sexuality in processes of stratification throughout young adulthood.

Journal

Sociological InquiryWiley

Published: Aug 1, 2017

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