This feature will provide you with updates on critical developments in psychology, drawn from peer-reviewed literature and written by leading psychology experts.

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Wade’s book is based on research of a group of students who wrote in journals about their sexual experiences throughout their freshman year of college.

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The partners could be strangers, friends, casual acquaintances, ex-partners, etc.

But the absence of commitment is important to the definition. The variety of behaviors involved, situations in which they can occur, and ways that they can end, creates a challenge for researchers to understand and predict people's emotional reactions.

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The test fee is $25 for members; $35 for nonmembers. It is an unprecedented time in the history of human sexuality.

The APA Office of CE in Psychology retains responsibility for the program. In the United States, the age when people first marry and reproduce has been pushed back dramatically, while at the same time the age of puberty has dropped, resulting in an era in which young adults are physiologically able to reproduce but not psychologically or socially ready to "settle down" and begin a family (Bogle, 2007; Garcia & Reiber, 2008).Post-college social interactions for individuals in their 20s or 30s present many new opportunities for hooking up, and with no sign of these trends changing, we need to evaluate how hooking up is connected to psychological health and well-being.Let’s start with a definition of a hookup, since there’s actually quite a bit of debate about it, although common features include a sexual encounter occurring between two people outside of a dating or romantic relationship (anything from kissing and touching to oral, vaginal, or anal sex).These developmental shifts, research suggests, are some of the factors driving the increase in sexual "hookups," or uncommitted sexual encounters, part of a popular cultural change that has infiltrated the lives of emerging adults throughout the Western world.Hookups are becoming more engrained in popular culture, reflecting both evolved sexual predilections and changing social and sexual scripts.With more emerging adults having casual sex, researchers are exploring psychological consequences of such encounters. Garcia, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, Indiana University, Bloomington; and Chris Reiber, Sean G. Merriwether, Binghamton University, State University of New York February 2013, Vol 44, No.