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Table 1 Sexual risk profiles: cluster size and distribution of the variables describing various sexual-related behaviours by the 5 sexual risk profiles identified through the cluster analysis

From: Who is at risk? Gendered psychological correlates in Italian students’ sexual risk profiles

  #1. Promiscuous, high risk #2. Risk-taking #3. Few partners, low risk #4. Monogamous, medium risk #5. Low sexual practice Total
Cluster size
 abs. val. 959 783 2071 471 923 5207
 % val. 18.4 15.0 39.8 9.1 17.7 100.0
Age at first intercourse
  ≤ 16 68.4 22.6 21.5 77.9 23.2 35.7
 17/18 25.7 56.3 45.3 17.8 44.6 40.8
 ≥ 19 5.9 21.1 33.2 4.3 32.2 23.6
Number of sexual partners
 1 0.0 0.9 69.7 0.0 52.9 37.2
 2 0.3 20.4 23.8 11.5 32.8 19.5
 3 1.2 41.9 5.7 34.6 9.4 13.6
 4 4.5 24.5 0.7 27.8 3.0 7.8
 5 13.5 8.8 0.1 17.4 1.1 5.6
 ≥ 6 80.6 3.5 0.0 8.7 0.8 16.3
Contraception at first intercourse
 Nothing 12.8 13.0 5.6 7.9 10.9 9.2
 Rhythm method 0.1 0.8 0.9 0.6 1.1 0.7
 Withdrawal 11.8 11.4 7.6 11.0 6.8 9.1
 Condom 66.1 67.1 77.7 67.9 74.4 72.5
 Pill or patch 7.3 6.5 7.4 10.8 5.7 7.3
 Ring or IUD 0.3 0.4 0.3 0.9 0.0 0.3
 Don’t remember 1.6 0.9 0.5 0.9 1.0 0.9
Discussed contraception with a partner before first intercourse
 No 49.3 40.1 16.5 26.1 38.7 30.9
 Yes 33.6 40.9 71.3 53.3 46.6 53.8
 Don't remember 17.1 19.0 12.3 20.6 14.7 15.4
Partner at first intercourse
 The partner of that period 65.7 45.9 96.3 94.3 82.6 80.5
 A friend/acquaintance 26.9 45.0 3.5 5.3 14.4 16.1
 An unknown person 7.4 9.2 0.2 0.4 3.0 3.4
Ever paid for sex       
 No 80.5 90.8 99.1 97.2 97.2 93.9
 Yes 19.5 9.2 0.9 2.8 2.8 6.1
Sexual intercourse without being in love with the partner
 Never 9.2 13.4 93.9 67.1 77.4 60.8
 Sometimes 63.4 74.8 5.8 31.6 18.9 31.4
 Often 27.4 11.8 0.3 1.3 3.8 7.7
 Very often 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Ever betrayed the partner      
 Never 38.0 81.9 96.0 79.6 95.2 81.6
 Sometimes 51.8 17.1 3.8 19.1 4.6 16.2
 Often 7.8 0.8 0.2 1.3 0.1 1.8
 Very often 2.4 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.5
Sexual intercourse with a non-stable partner without a condom
 Never 25.7 37.7 91.4 47.6 82.1 65.6
 Sometimes 49.3 50.2 5.1 39.5 13.5 24.6
 Often 17.1 7.7 2.1 8.5 3.0 6.5
 Very often 7.9 4.5 1.4 4.5 1.3 3.3
Contraception at last intercourse
 Nothing 17.8 16.5 7.0 8.5 9.9 11.0
 Rhythm method 1.6 1.0 1.5 0.9 0.8 1.3
 Withdrawal 19.0 13.5 11.5 9.1 8.7 12.5
 Condom 44.5 56.3 58.3 22.3 69.7 54.2
 Pill or patch 14.9 11.2 19.9 52.7 9.6 18.8
 Ring or IUD 1.7 0.9 1.5 5.7 0.4 1.6
 Don’t remember 0.5 0.5 0.3 0.9 1.0 0.6
Frequency of sexual intercourse in the last 3 months
 Never 9.7 17.4 0.0 2.1 90.6 20.7
 1 time per month or rarely 22.6 29.8 14.0 5.7 9.4 16.4
 2–3 times per month 34.1 30.4 50.7 17.8 0.0 32.6
 Several times per week 33.6 22.5 35.4 74.3 0.0 30.3