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Romance and Risk: Romantic Attraction and Health Risks in the Process of Relationship Formation
Unformatted Document Text:  13 is seen as presenting little or no risk if he or she is drug free, wants to save him/herself for one partner, lives cautiously, is responsible, faithful, and trustworthy. Potential partners are also viewed as presenting little or no health threat if they are non-smokers, like to read, attend cultural events, and if they prefer “hanging around and relaxing.” There is high agreement on what is or is not risky across gender and ethnicity. The average ratings of the riskiness of the 159 aspects are correlated .95 for men and women, .90 for African Americans and Whites, .93 for Asians and Whites, and .89 for Asians and African Americans. The Relationship Between Attractiveness and Risk Table 3 showed that three of the aspects that made a potential partner most attractive were also among those that made a potential partner least risky (i.e., faithful, trustworthy, non- smoker). Similarly, two that made a potential partner most risky were among those making a partner least attractive (i.e., smoker, believes cleanliness is over rated). Table 4 here In order to further explore the relation between attractiveness and risk, the aspects were classified as being high (4.5 to 7.0), medium (3.51 to 4.49) or low (1 to 3.5) with respect to both risk and attractiveness. Consistent with the above analysis, 53% of the aspects were rated as highly attractive while only 9% were viewed as highly risky. Table 4 shows the number of

Authors: Johnson, Brenda., Fishbein, Martin., Hennessy, Michael. and Yzer, Marcus.
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is seen as presenting little or no risk if he or she is drug free,
wants to save him/herself for one partner, lives cautiously, is
responsible, faithful, and trustworthy. Potential partners are
also viewed as presenting little or no health threat if they are
non-smokers, like to read, attend cultural events, and if they
prefer “hanging around and relaxing.”
There is high agreement on what is or is not risky across
gender and ethnicity. The average ratings of the riskiness of the
159 aspects are correlated .95 for men and women, .90 for African
Americans and Whites, .93 for Asians and Whites, and .89 for
Asians and African Americans.
The Relationship Between Attractiveness and Risk
Table 3 showed that three of the aspects that made a
potential partner most attractive were also among those that made
a potential partner least risky (i.e., faithful, trustworthy, non-
smoker). Similarly, two that made a potential partner most risky
were among those making a partner least attractive (i.e., smoker,
believes cleanliness is over rated).
Table 4 here
In order to further explore the relation between
attractiveness and risk, the aspects were classified as being high
(4.5 to 7.0), medium (3.51 to 4.49) or low (1 to 3.5) with respect
to both risk and attractiveness. Consistent with the above
analysis, 53% of the aspects were rated as highly attractive while
only 9% were viewed as highly risky. Table 4 shows the number of


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