Elza Brechbuhl


University of New Hampshire

Communication/Women & Gender Studies


Mentor: Dr. Stephanie Harzewski,  Department of English

Collegiate Hookup Culture and Monogamy: The Spectrum of Non-Platonic Relationships in Contemporary Popular Film

Whereas the media has assumed a prominent role in shaping what social groups believe to be ideal behaviors and attitudes in relationships, understanding their underlying messages becomes a crucial step towards the expansion of general knowledge about sexual and romantic experiences of students across college campuses in the United States. This research is a content analysis of film. I have used existing academic information to develop a coding scheme and compare representations of collegiate hookup culture and monogamy in selected features. Ongoing studies suggest that these representations will portray a rigid dichotomy and distinct hierarchy between these two types of relationships.

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