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Romance and Risk: Romantic Attraction and Health Risks in the Process of Relationship Formation
Unformatted Document Text:  5 In summary, to fully understand how perceived risk is related to condom use, we need to know what kind of information people use to decide whether they should or should not use condoms with a sexual partner. However, there is little research on perceived risk and decision-making in the safer sex area that investigates risk judgment processes for partner selection in a systematic manner. This paper reports on a study that identifies which characteristics (“attributes”) of potential romantic partners are perceived as most important for selecting a romantic partner. In addition, it quantifies both perceived risk and perceived attractiveness judgments for 159 partner characteristics (i.e., the “aspects” of the more general attributes). In doing so, it directly investigates the partner attributes that reflect both risk and attractiveness as well as the correlation between these two concepts. Study Procedures Participant Recruitment Respondents were recruited to participate in the study (N=443) on the campuses of two Philadelphia universities. The project was described to them and then necessary university IRB procedures in regard to informed consent were followed. Each participant was paid $10 for completing a survey that typically took 30-45 minutes to complete. We limited the analysis sample (N=410) to respondents between 18 and 35 years of age (Mean age = 21.4, Median age = 20). Forty-five percent were male. The sample

Authors: Johnson, Brenda., Fishbein, Martin., Hennessy, Michael. and Yzer, Marcus.
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In summary, to fully understand how perceived risk is related
to condom use, we need to know what kind of information people use
to decide whether they should or should not use condoms with a
sexual partner. However, there is little research on perceived
risk and decision-making in the safer sex area that investigates
risk judgment processes for partner selection in a systematic
manner. This paper reports on a study that identifies which
characteristics (“attributes”) of potential romantic partners are
perceived as most important for selecting a romantic partner. In
addition, it quantifies both perceived risk and perceived
attractiveness judgments for 159 partner characteristics (i.e.,
the “aspects” of the more general attributes). In doing so, it
directly investigates the partner attributes that reflect both
risk and attractiveness as well as the correlation between these
two concepts.
Study Procedures
Participant Recruitment
Respondents were recruited to participate in the study
(N=443) on the campuses of two Philadelphia universities. The
project was described to them and then necessary university IRB
procedures in regard to informed consent were followed. Each
participant was paid $10 for completing a survey that typically
took 30-45 minutes to complete. We limited the analysis sample
(N=410) to respondents between 18 and 35 years of age (Mean age =
21.4, Median age = 20). Forty-five percent were male. The sample


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