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Table 1 (Dis)approval of certain sexual behaviours (by both males and females), double standard (DS) and reverse double standard (RDS)

From: Thinking as the others do: persistence and conformity of sexual double standard among young Italians

  2000 2017
  Females Males DS RDS Females Males DS RDS
  % % % % % % % %
I do not approve of very early sexual relations 49.8 33.5 17.2 1.2 42.6 25.6 18.2 1.4
I do not approve of having escapades 76.0 69.3 9.2 2.9 77.2 70.6 8.4 2.1
I do not approve of having sexual relations with multiple partners 44.7 34.4 11.1 1.1 35.1 25.9 10.3 1.1
I do approve of remaining a virgin until a relatively high age 25.9 20.9 8.3 3.2 20.3 16.3 5.0 1.1
I do approve of remaining a virgin until marriage 27.1 22.0 7.9 2.1 15.8 13.1 3.3 0.6
I do not approve of having sex with people of the same sex 54.0 60.3 2.2 8.0 22.4 32.6 2.2 12.1
  1. Notes: the gender reported as heads of columns is that of people whose behaviour is assessed. The number of missing responses is different for the different opinions. The number of observations goes from 4333 (remaining a virgin until a high age) to 4394 (not approving of escapades) for female behaviours in 2000, from 4368 (remaining a virgin until a high age) to 4,433 (not approving of early sexual relationships) for male behaviours in 2000, from 7090 (remaining a virgin until marriage) to 7169 (not approving of early sexual relationships) for female behaviours in 2017, from 7125 (remaining a virgin until marriage) to 7208 (not approving of early sexual relationships) for male behaviours in 2017