Kristyn Smith

Date of Award

January 2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Counseling Psychology & Community Services

First Advisor

Sarah Edwards


Presently there is a lack of research examining how geographical differences may related to different manifestations of hook up culture. Females from rural communities' were focused on in order to try to account for the gap in literature focusing on whether females' affect and self-esteem predicted future hook-up behaviors. Among young females, those who are from a rural community engage in hook-ups more frequently than those from an urban area; as well as report negative experiences within the community after they engage in a hook-up. The relationship between female's self-esteem and their intent to participate in a hook-up in the future was accounted for by negative affect. Together these findings suggest that female's from rural communities engage in hook-ups despite the potential negative consequences due to their low self-esteem or negative affect.