Current communication literature regarding personal relations is limited by its focus on romantic, friendship and friends with benefits relations. To better understand the types of relations college-aged women practice, this study sought to explore (a) the types of cross-sex relations college-aged women practice (b) the reasons they give for practicing the relations and (c) the identities they construct by practicing the relations. Results indicated a myriad of relational types. Types were categorized under three supra-categories and were explored in terms of their description, initiation, maintenance and communication rules, as well as their benefits and drawbacks. Identities associated with the relations were also examined, along with relational fluidity, commitment and intimacy.
Hamilton, Amanda E.
"An Analysis of College-aged Women’s Personal Relations,"
Proceedings of the New York State Communication Association:
Vol. 2009, Article 4.
Available at: http://docs.rwu.edu/nyscaproceedings/vol2009/iss1/4