Masters Thesis

Personality, Attitudes, and Demographics as Predictors of One-night Stands.

This study undertook the task of explaining one-night stands through Social Exchange Theory, specifically Interdependence Theory and the Investment Model of social exchange, wherein rewards and consequences are weighed amidst perceptions of rewards and costs in other relationships relative to what investment has been put into the current relationship. Rewards and costs associated with casual sex are discussed. It was hypothesized that various personality, attitudes, and other sex related constructs may predict one night stands based on how individuals appraise rewards, costs, and investment in commitment to relationships. Predictor variables were drawn from the following measures: The Big Five Inventory, the Short Form Love Attitudes Scale, the Sociosexual Orientation Inventory, the Sexual Attitudes and Feelings scale, and the Interpersonal Orientation scale. Correlation and logistic regression analyses showed that high sociosexuality, openness to experience, and erotic love style predicted having a onenight stand. Storge love style and positive stimulation predicted not engaging in such an act. Implications of these results are discussed in light of a one-night stand as a social exchange.


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