Arielle Kuperberg, Ph.D.
Current Research 
Contact Dr. Kuperberg for copies of manuscripts under review, and/or powerpoints of preliminary results for manuscripts listed as 'in progress.'

Asterisks (*) indicate student coauthor


Manuscripts Under Review or In Revisions

1. Partner Meeting Contexts and Risky Activity During College Student's Opposite and Same Sex Hookups (With Joseph Padgett*)

We analyze a sample of 12,027 hookup encounters among college students at 22 colleges and universities in the Online College Social Life Survey (OCSLS) to examine the association between the context in which students met their most recent hookup partner and risk taking behavior during opposite-sex and same-sex hookups.  We draw upon sociological and social psychological literature addressing risk and trust, and explore the extent to which social ties and social expectations or ‘scripts’ associated with certain locales may influence students’ behavior when partners are met in those contexts. For opposite-sex encounters, meeting in bars or parties is associated with binge drinking during encounters, while meeting in socially distant contexts (public places, the internet) was associated with reduced binge drinking and reduced marijuana use during encounters.  Meeting hookup partners in public places was also associated with increased rates of penetrative sex and engaging in penetrative sex without a condom during encounters indicating higher sexual risk taking but lower risk-taking in terms of inebriation during encounters among those meeting partners in public.  Associations of meeting contexts with behavior are not explained by personal familiarity with partners, although personal familiarity with partners prior to encounters is correlated with both meeting context and behavior during encounters. The association of meeting place and risk taking behavior was weaker for same-sex encounters. (Under Review)

2. The Role of Culture in Explaining College Student's Selection into Hookups, Dates and Long-term Relationships  (With Joseph Padgett*)

We examine the Online College Social Life Survey (OCSLS), a survey collected between 2005 and 2011, to explore variation in participation in dates, hookups and long-term relationships among college students (N=22,589) at 22 United States colleges and universities.  We focus on selection into intimate partnering by gender, sexual orientation, race, religiosity, Greek membership and housing, campus Greek presence, and percent of students on campus who are female. We also examine selection into desire for more opportunities to hookup, date, and form long term relationships on campus, and how these desires are related to past partnering experiences and group membership.  We discuss theoretical reasons for group-based differences, and find that cultural differences in partnering norms explain partnering patterns not otherwise explained by individualistic and structural factors.   
(Revise and Resubmit at Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Under Revision)

Manuscripts In Progress

3. Premarital Cohabitation and Direct Marriage in the United States, 1944-2013

Abstract: Rates of premarital cohabitation rose rapidly between 1944 and 2013.  Using the 1988 National Survey of Families and Households (N=3,106) and the 1995, 2002, 2010 (N=10,897) and 2013 waves of the National Survey of Family Growth, I examine changes in premarital cohabitation and selection into premarital cohabitation and direct marriage (marriage without premarital cohabitation), and reasons for these changes.  Results regarding selection demonstrate that early premarital cohabitors were more educated, had more educated mothers, and were less religious.  Since then direct marriers have become an increasingly select group that is more educated, have more educated mothers, and is more religious. 

4. Gender specialization in housework tasks among co-residing heterosexual couples in 1988 and 2002: The Effects of Marriage and a Baby Carriage

In this paper I examine differences over time in the impact of marriage and childbearing on the gendered division of housework in co-residential relationships using the National Survey of Families and Households. In 1988 both marriage and childbearing is found to be associated with a more traditional gendered division of housework compared with cohabiting couples.  In the 2002 cohort, only childbearing is associated with a more traditional division of labor, and childless couples have more egalitarian housework arrangements compared to earlier generations, whether married or cohabiting.

5. Sexual Identity among College Students Engaging in Same-Sex Hookups.

Who are students who identify as heterosexual but engage in same-sex hook-ups? How do they differ in areas such as level of sexual activity, lifetime sexual experiences, demographic characteristics and attitudes compared from those who engage in same-sex hookups but identify as homosexual? Both those who engage in female-female and male-male hookups are examined using the Online College Social Life Survey (OCSLS), a large dataset of students at 22 universities 

6. Messages about Masculinity: The Media Portrayal of Stay-at-home Fathers (With Pamela Stone)

We analyze 68 articles about 63 stay-at-home fathers that were published in major U.S. newspapers between 1987 and 2014, and compare this portrayal with that of stay-at-home mothers found in our earlier research (Gender & Society, 2008).  Similar themes of elites, choice rhetoric and individualistic explanations are found, with an additional emphasis on experiences of stigma and negative reactions from other parents, strangers, and to a lesser extent friends and family.  In addition to comparing trends in the portrayal of stay at home fathers to that of stay at home mothers, we examine changes in the depiction over time, and how the portrayal of stay at home fathers compared to actual trends in stay at home fathers, by both father's and their female partner's education levels.  We use several waves of the Current Population Survey (1987-2014) to examine these trends at a national level. 

Research Projects in Planning/Data Collection Stages

UNCG students and prospective graduate students interested in working on this or related research should contact Dr. Kuperberg directly to discuss research opportunities.  These projects include opportunities to learn about and gain experience in both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.

7. The Cost of a College Degree Project (With Joan Mazelis):  Data Collection to commence Fall 2015

8. Successful Women Project (With Anastasia Shymanovich*)

9. Stay-at-home Dads and Moms Project (With Kathleen Gerson and Pamela Stone)

10. Hookup Rape Project (With Catherine Choi*)

11. Gender Book Project (With Pamela Stone)