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Romance and Risk: Romantic Attraction and Health Risks in the Process of Relationship Formation
Unformatted Document Text:  14 aspects falling into each of the nine attractiveness/risk cells. It can be seen that only 2 aspects were viewed as both highly risky and highly attractive (being the life of the party and living in the moment). In contrast, 42% of the aspects were viewed as being highly attractive and as indicating low risk. The statistically significant gamma statistic (an index of association for ordinal measures) of -.56 shows that across all the aspects there is a negative correlation between mean perceived risk and mean perceived attractiveness. Although the finding of a moderately strong negative correlation between average ratings of risk and attractiveness across aspects is important, and consistent with expectations, it must be recognized that grouping data discards individual level variability and it is perhaps better to examine the correlations for attractiveness and risk for each of the aspects separately. Figure 3 Here Figure 3 has the results describing the aspect-level associations between attractiveness and risk. The average attractiveness and risk correlation for the aspects is -.11 and most of the correlations are low, albeit negative. The IQR (the middle 50% of the correlation distribution) goes from -.033 to -.190. The low correlations imply that, for most of the aspect characteristics of the potential romantic partner used here, knowing either the value of risk or attractiveness on a individual aspect is not very indicative of the other value. That is, for

Authors: Johnson, Brenda., Fishbein, Martin., Hennessy, Michael. and Yzer, Marcus.
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aspects falling into each of the nine attractiveness/risk cells.
It can be seen that only 2 aspects were viewed as both highly
risky and highly attractive (being the life of the party and
living in the moment). In contrast, 42% of the aspects were
viewed as being highly attractive and as indicating low risk. The
statistically significant gamma statistic (an index of association
for ordinal measures) of -.56 shows that across all the aspects
there is a negative correlation between mean perceived risk and
mean perceived attractiveness.
Although the finding of a moderately strong negative
correlation between average ratings of risk and attractiveness
across aspects is important, and consistent with expectations, it
must be recognized that grouping data discards individual level
variability and it is perhaps better to examine the correlations
for attractiveness and risk for each of the aspects separately.
Figure 3 Here
Figure 3 has the results describing the aspect-level
associations between attractiveness and risk. The average
attractiveness and risk correlation for the aspects is -.11 and
most of the correlations are low, albeit negative. The IQR (the
middle 50% of the correlation distribution) goes from -.033 to
-.190. The low correlations imply that, for most of the aspect
characteristics of the potential romantic partner used here,
knowing either the value of risk or attractiveness on a individual
aspect is not very indicative of the other value. That is, for


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