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Finding Solutions to the Hook-up Culture on College Campuses

Are there practical solutions to the dangerous hook-up culture so prevalent today on Catholic and secular college campuses across the country?

"It's clearly in the interests of both colleges and the students they serve to change the culture," writes Cardinal Newman Society programs director Bob Laird today in an op ed for the LA Times.

Laird writes that although more young people are finally coming to question the "hook-up" mentality, there are too few embracing better alternatives.

Casual sex on college campuses today, which often grows out of a drinking binge, leads to sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies and low self-esteem. It removes the romance, love and deep caring from relationships between men and women.

Yet many American colleges and universities seem to be at least tacitly condoning the culture. ...

It’s clearly in the interests of both colleges and the students they serve to change the culture. How? A college student spends no more than six hours per day, four to five days per week, in the classroom. What happens the rest of the time? Any attempt to reduce the incidence of hooking up should focus on that time and those activities.

One particular area of focus should be on freshmen when they first arrive at school. ...

Curbing binge drinking should be another focus. ...

Laird cites two studies by the Newman Society's Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education that have contributed to finding answers to the hook-up problem.

Loyola Marymount University professor Chris Kaczor authored a study which examined the ties between the dangerous practice of binge drinking and casual sex on college campuses.  Another study by Franciscan University of Steubenville's Anne Hendershott lead to the conclusion that if binge drinking can be mitigated, the hook-up culture could be reduced.

Read the rest of Bob Laird's piece, titled by the LA Times "Uncoupling the hookup culture," here.

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