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Romance and Risk: Romantic Attraction and Health Risks in the Process of Relationship Formation
Unformatted Document Text:  9 In summary, there was only strong agreement on “appearance” but every one of the attributes considered was important to someone. An additional question is whether the selection of what is (or is not) important varies as a function of gender or ethnicity. Salience by Demographic Groups In order to investigate this question we first plotted the salience values (here salience is defined as the percent of the specific grouping – males, African-Americans, etc. – who selected the attribute as one of their “top 15”) for each group on the same horizontal axis representing the 36 attributes of a potential romantic partner. Figure 1 here Figure 1 shows the plots for both genders in part A and for the three largest ethnicity groups (Whites, African-Americans, and Asians) in part B. The agreement between genders is relatively high (r = .81) as is the agreement between the three ethnic groups (i.e., Asians agree with both Whites [r=.88] and African Americans [r= .82], and Whites and African Americans also agree [r= .78].) Table 2 presents the correlations between salience values for each gender/ethnicity group separately. The correlation among females regardless of ethnicity is always more than .72. Similarly, the correlation among males is always greater than .69. The correlation between genders (of the same ethnicity) ranges from .87 (for White females correlated with White males) to .59

Authors: Johnson, Brenda., Fishbein, Martin., Hennessy, Michael. and Yzer, Marcus.
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In summary, there was only strong agreement on “appearance”
but every one of the attributes considered was important to
someone. An additional question is whether the selection of what
is (or is not) important varies as a function of gender or
ethnicity.
Salience by Demographic Groups
In order to investigate this question we first plotted the
salience values (here salience is defined as the percent of the
specific grouping – males, African-Americans, etc. – who selected
the attribute as one of their “top 15”) for each group on the same
horizontal axis representing the 36 attributes of a potential
romantic partner.
Figure 1 here
Figure 1 shows the plots for both genders in part A and for
the three largest ethnicity groups (Whites, African-Americans, and
Asians) in part B. The agreement between genders is relatively
high (r = .81) as is the agreement between the three ethnic groups
(i.e., Asians agree with both Whites [r=.88] and African Americans
[r= .82], and Whites and African Americans also agree [r= .78].)
Table 2 presents the correlations between salience values for
each gender/ethnicity group separately. The correlation among
females regardless of ethnicity is always more than .72.
Similarly, the correlation among males is always greater than .69.
The correlation between genders (of the same ethnicity) ranges
from .87 (for White females correlated with White males) to .59


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