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Romance and Risk: Romantic Attraction and Health Risks in the Process of Relationship Formation
Unformatted Document Text:  15 most aspects, romantic attractiveness and health risk are not especially associated. Table 5 Here Table 5 shows the highest positive and negative correlations for the entire sample (because sample sizes get very small, e.g., less than 10, for many of the attractiveness/risk correlations if done by the gender/ethnicity groups, they are not shown here). Not surprisingly, for many of the aspects there is a significant negative association: the strongest negative correlation between attractiveness and risk occurs with respect to “uses drugs occasionally” (r= -.46). In fact, all 10 of the largest negative correlations involve aspects that are seen as either highly risky (i.e., uses drugs occasionally, likes to sexually experiment, wants to spend exciting nights together, thinks cleanliness is over-rated, believes the more sex experience the better) or of medium risk (i.e., a social drinker, open minded, thinks soap and toothpaste are all you need). In contrast, the 10 highest positive correlations involve aspects that indicate “low risk”. Although all the positive correlations are quite small, the largest is for “laptop case”, (r= .11) and the next refers to a “full figured/husky” physical build (r = .10). Discussion Although every one of the 36 attributes were viewed as important by at least some respondents, there was wide variance in the frequency with which they were chosen. While 80% of the

Authors: Johnson, Brenda., Fishbein, Martin., Hennessy, Michael. and Yzer, Marcus.
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most aspects, romantic attractiveness and health risk are not
especially associated.
Table 5 Here
Table 5 shows the highest positive and negative correlations
for the entire sample (because sample sizes get very small, e.g.,
less than 10, for many of the attractiveness/risk correlations if
done by the gender/ethnicity groups, they are not shown here).
Not surprisingly, for many of the aspects there is a significant
negative association: the strongest negative correlation between
attractiveness and risk occurs with respect to “uses drugs
occasionally” (r= -.46). In fact, all 10 of the largest negative
correlations involve aspects that are seen as either highly risky
(i.e., uses drugs occasionally, likes to sexually experiment,
wants to spend exciting nights together, thinks cleanliness is
over-rated, believes the more sex experience the better) or of
medium risk (i.e., a social drinker, open minded, thinks soap and
toothpaste are all you need). In contrast, the 10 highest positive
correlations involve aspects that indicate “low risk”. Although
all the positive correlations are quite small, the largest is for
“laptop case”, (r= .11) and the next refers to a “full
figured/husky” physical build (r = .10).
Discussion
Although every one of the 36 attributes were viewed as
important by at least some respondents, there was wide variance in
the frequency with which they were chosen. While 80% of the


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