The study investigated women's feelings about "hooking up,"described as a physical encounter between uncommitted couples that canrange from kissing to having intercourse. Often these encounters takeplace when both participants have been drinking, the study said.
Forty percent of those surveyed nationwide said they had experienceda hook-up and 10 percent said they had had such an experience more thansix times.
Researchers also delved into college women's views about marriage.
Eighty-three percent of respondents agreed with the statement "Beingmarried is a very important goal for me." Sixty-three percent agreedthat "I would like to meet my future husband in college."
The Independent Women's Forum is an Arlington, Va.-basedorganization that conducts research on policy issues concerning women.The Institute for American Values is a New York-based organizationfocused on the renewal of marriage and family life.
The 18-month study involved telephone interviews of 1,000 collegewomen across the country and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3percentage points. The study also included in-depth interviews with 62women on 11 college campuses.