Arielle Kuperberg, Ph.D.
Current Research 
Working Papers and Papers Under Review

1. Premarital Cohabitation and Direct Marriage in the United States, 1966-2010

Abstract: Rates of premarital cohabitation rose rapidly between 1966 and 2010.  Using the 1988 National Survey of Families and Households (N=3,106) and the 1995, 2002 and 2010 waves of the National Survey of Family Growth (N=10,897), 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.  Under Second Review

2. Partner Meeting Contexts and Risky Activity During College Student's Hookups (With Joseph Padgett)

Using a sample of over 11,700 college students at 22 colleges and universities, we examine the association between the context in which students met their most recent hookup partner and both risk taking behavior and victimization during their hookup encounter.  We draw upon sociological and social psychological literature addressing risk and trust, and explore the extent to which social distance and social scripts associated with certain locales may influence students’ behavior when partners are met in those contexts. We find that students display significant variation in behavior by meeting place as pertains to binge drinking during/prior to the encounter and engaging in penetrative sex, with closer social distances associated with greater risk taking during encounters.  Students, to a lesser extent, exhibit variation by partner meeting place in marijuana use, other drug use, condom use, and sexual victimization during the encounter. Working paper available upon request

3. Desire, Opportunity and Partnering on Campus: 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 desire for and participation in dates, hookups and long-term relationships among college students (N=22,589) at 22 United States colleges and universities. Considerable variation is found in desire for and engagement in these three forms of partnering on college campuses by gender, sexual orientation, age, religious attendance, GPA, Greek membership, living situation and contextual features of the university including Greek presence, size of classrooms and study body and percent of students on campus who are female.  Desire for opportunities to engage in various types of relationships is found to be related to idiosyncratic desire, along with individual and group-based opportunities to have engaged in these relationships in the past. We discuss theoretical reasons for group-based differences including desire as influenced by biological impulses and social norms, along with opportunities to fulfill these desires as influenced by social desirability and opportunities to meet partners and engage in partnering.
Working paper available upon request

Projects In Progress / Planning Stages

UNCG students and prospective graduate students interested in working on this research should contact Dr. Kuperberg directly to discuss paid and unpaid research opportunities

4. Marital status, number of children, and gender specialization in housework among co-residing couples in 1988 and 2002

Examines differences over time in the impact of marriage and childbearing on the gendered division of labor.

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 a large dataset of students at 22 universities.

6. Stay at Home Fathers Project

7. Successful Women Project

8. Student Loans Project (With Joan Mazelis)

9. Gender Book Project (With Pamela Stone)