Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Hookup Culture

  • Alexandra H. SolomonEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_815

Name of Concept

Hookup Culture


Casual sex; College dating; Friends with benefits, Hooking up; Hookups; Modern love


Few topics in the field of couple and family therapy trigger judgment and highlight generation gaps like the topic of hookup culture. The term “hookup culture” refers to a zeitgeist that accepts and encourages casual sexual encounters, including one-night stands, which focus on physical intimacy without emotional bonding or longer-term commitment.

Hookup culture is generally associated with Western (particularly American) emerging adults. It is worth noting that it is a historically recent (and somewhat controversial) phenomenon to consider ages 18–25 to be a discrete developmental stage, usually referred to as emerging adulthood (Arnett 2004). This term is intended to capture the protracted transition between adolescence and full-fledged adulthood noted among young people today. Although so-called millennials, today’s emerging adults, are not the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Mudita Rastogi
    • 1
  1. 1.Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Argosy UniversitySchaumburgUSA