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Romance and Risk: Romantic Attraction and Health Risks in the Process of Relationship Formation
Unformatted Document Text:  10 (Black females correlated with Black males). Generally speaking then, there appears to be general agreement within both genders, and while White males and females select the same attributes as “important”, African American males and females appear to be looking at somewhat different attributes in considering who would or would not be a potential romantic partner. Table 2 Here This can be seen most clearly in the bottom of Table 2 which shows the top five salience attributes for each gender and ethnicity group (small Ns for Asian respondents accounts for the relatively large number of ties). While appearance is always selected in the top five, other salient attributes are more variable. There are three overlapping attributes shared by White males and females (appearance, self-concept, and emotionality), and only one overlap shared by African-American males and females (appearance). The sample sizes for the Asian group is really too small to come to any definitive conclusions. Of course, selecting just the top five salience values can overstate dissimilarities due to small absolute differences between salience values. Thus, although there are some differences between gender/ethnicity groups, the overall pattern is one of general agreement on the relative importance of the attributes of a potential romantic partner. We turn next to the analysis of the relationships between attractiveness and health risk both across and within the individual attributes rated by the respondents.

Authors: Johnson, Brenda., Fishbein, Martin., Hennessy, Michael. and Yzer, Marcus.
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(Black females correlated with Black males). Generally speaking
then, there appears to be general agreement within both genders,
and while White males and females select the same attributes as
“important”, African American males and females appear to be
looking at somewhat different attributes in considering who would
or would not be a potential romantic partner.
Table 2 Here
This can be seen most clearly in the bottom of Table 2 which
shows the top five salience attributes for each gender and
ethnicity group (small Ns for Asian respondents accounts for the
relatively large number of ties). While appearance is always
selected in the top five, other salient attributes are more
variable. There are three overlapping attributes shared by White
males and females (appearance, self-concept, and emotionality),
and only one overlap shared by African-American males and females
(appearance). The sample sizes for the Asian group is really too
small to come to any definitive conclusions. Of course, selecting
just the top five salience values can overstate dissimilarities
due to small absolute differences between salience values. Thus,
although there are some differences between gender/ethnicity
groups, the overall pattern is one of general agreement on the
relative importance of the attributes of a potential romantic
partner. We turn next to the analysis of the relationships between
attractiveness and health risk both across and within the
individual attributes rated by the respondents.


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