A new study has found that female college students who engage in casual sexual “hook-ups” are more likely to suffer from depression, experience sexual victimization and catch a sexually transmitted disease, according to The College Fix.
The study, performed by researchers from Brown and Syracuse Universities and published in the Journal of Sex Research, studied nearly 500 female college students enrolled in a private university in upstate New York.
“Hookup behavior during college was positively correlated with experiencing clinically significant depression symptoms,” states the study. “Overall, the present findings, coupled with prior research, suggest that hooking up is associated with poor mental health.”
The researchers reportedly asked students on a monthly basis how they felt after engaging in sexual relations and learned that most of them felt depressed after casual hookups.
Researchers posited several explanations for the link, including worries about acquiring a bad reputation, sexual dissatisfaction and failure to transition the hook-up to a more long-term romantic relationship.
They also suggested that the cause-effect could be in reverse: depression could lead to casual hookups.
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