Date Approved

6-18-2008

Embargo Period

3-21-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Applied Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Angelone, DJ

Subject(s)

College students--Sexual behavior; Sexual behavior surveys

Disciplines

Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to identify group differences between sexual status (reluctant virgins, satisfied virgins, and non-virgins) in college students. Specifically, this study explored differences between groups in self-esteem (global, social, and body), dating (length of relationship and number of dating partners), and the beliefs in the double standard mediating differences in self-esteem. It was hypothesized that reluctant virgins would have lower self-esteem and shorter relationships than satisfied virgins and non-virgins. There was modest support for the stated hypotheses: reluctant virgins had lower social self esteem (M= 114.4) than non-virgins (M= 138.5). Reluctant virgins also had a poorer body image (M = 153.9) than both satisfied virgins (M = 196.57) and non-virgins (M= 155.12). Lastly, reluctant virgins experienced shorter dating relationships (M= 6.00) than non-virgins (M= 25.5).

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