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Romance and Risk: Romantic Attraction and Health Risks in the Process of Relationship Formation
Unformatted Document Text:  12 The bottom half of Table 3 shows the 10 aspects that define a potential partner as most “risky” as well as the 10 that make one least “risky.” In contrast to attractiveness ratings, risk ratings are, on average, considerably lower: while all of the 10 “most attractive” aspects received mean attractiveness scores greater than 6.0, none of the 10 ”most risky” had risk scores greater than 6.0, and only 5 had mean risk scores greater than 5.0. Thus, while there are many aspects that make a potential romantic partner “attractive”, there are relatively few that indicate that a potential partner may put one “at health risk”, and even these are not seen as “very strong” indicators of risk. This can best be seen in Figure 2 which presents the box plots for the mean ratings of risk and attractiveness for the total sample. Note that the IQR (the middle 50% of the distribution of means) ranges from 3.64 to 5.43 for attractiveness, but only from 2.66 to 3.73 for risk. Figure 2 about here The aspects that are viewed as making a person most risky are those that describe sexual behaviors and drug use. More specifically, respondents believed that they are likely to be “at risk” with a person who is bi-sexual, who uses drugs occasionally, likes to sexually experiment, believes that life is short, thinks that the more sexual experience the better, and wants to spend “exciting nights together”. A potential partner is also seen as quite risky if he or she is secretive/mysterious, and believes that “cleanliness is over rated.” In contrast, a potential partner

Authors: Johnson, Brenda., Fishbein, Martin., Hennessy, Michael. and Yzer, Marcus.
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The bottom half of Table 3 shows the 10 aspects that define a
potential partner as most “risky” as well as the 10 that make one
least “risky.” In contrast to attractiveness ratings, risk ratings
are, on average, considerably lower: while all of the 10 “most
attractive” aspects received mean attractiveness scores greater
than 6.0, none of the 10 ”most risky” had risk scores greater than
6.0, and only 5 had mean risk scores greater than 5.0. Thus,
while there are many aspects that make a potential romantic
partner “attractive”, there are relatively few that indicate that
a potential partner may put one “at health risk”, and even these
are not seen as “very strong” indicators of risk. This can best be
seen in Figure 2 which presents the box plots for the mean ratings
of risk and attractiveness for the total sample. Note that the IQR
(the middle 50% of the distribution of means) ranges from 3.64 to
5.43 for attractiveness, but only from 2.66 to 3.73 for risk.
Figure 2 about here
The aspects that are viewed as making a person most risky are
those that describe sexual behaviors and drug use. More
specifically, respondents believed that they are likely to be “at
risk” with a person who is bi-sexual, who uses drugs occasionally,
likes to sexually experiment, believes that life is short, thinks
that the more sexual experience the better, and wants to spend
“exciting nights together”. A potential partner is also seen as
quite risky if he or she is secretive/mysterious, and believes
that “cleanliness is over rated.” In contrast, a potential partner


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