"Pluralistic Ignorance and Sexual Behaviors: A Comparison of Heterosexual and Homosexual
 Men on Hook-up Behaviors (Proposal)"
Charles Woods
Faculty Mentor:  Nicole Petersen

Center for Gender Symposium ~ 5:15-6:30pm ~ Heth 22
"Hook ups are increasing on college campuses (Lambert, Kahn,& Apple, 2003). The role of Pluralistic Ignorance and sexual behaviors have ranged from dating behaviors to sexual frequency to comfort for sexual behaviors during a hook up (Cohen & Shotland, 1996; Lambert, Kahn, & Apple, 2003; Reiber & Garcia (2010). Prior literature has focused on heterosexual males and females with consistent findings that suggested participants overestimated how often and/or how comfortable their peers are with sexual behaviors (Lambert, Kahn, & Apple, 2003; Reiber & Garcia, 2010). The current study would like to fill a gap in the literature by extending this paradigm to examine how pluralistic ignorance for sexual behaviors relates to heterosexual and homosexual males. Researchers will ask the participants to report their personal frequency and comfort with various sexual behaviors during a hook up. The participants will then estimate how frequent and comfortable they believe their peers of the same sexual orientation and the other sexual orientation are with the same behaviors. Few past researchers have examined the differences between heterosexual and homosexual males on sexual behaviors. Those that have researched the area, found that homosexual males reported higher levels of sexual activity when compared to heterosexual men (Dodge et al., 2016; Howard & Perilloux, 2016) The current researchers believe that findings will be consistent with past literature and reveal that sexual orientation may not affect peer estimation. This project will compare beliefs and self-reports of hook up behaviors between heterosexual and homosexual men that is under researched."
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