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Table 1 Descriptive statistics (weighted)

From: Sexual orientation and health behaviors among college students in Italy

  Men Women
Main variables
 Sexual identity (%)
  Heterosexual 96.7 96.3
  Bisexual 1.8 2.9
  Homosexual 1.5 0.9
 Smoking (%)
  Never 68.0 71.2
  1–7 cigarettes/day 17.6 19.7
  8+ cigarettes/day 14.4 91.9*
 Getting drunk (%)
  Never 28.0 42.4*
  Sometimes 58.4 49.8*
  Often/very often 13.6 7.8*
 Smoking marijuana (%)
  Never 58.3 71.5*
  Sometimes 28.4 23.8*
  Often/very often 13.3 4.6*
 Use ecstasy (%)
  Never 97.1 99.0*
  Sometimes 2.7 0.9*
  Often/very often 0.2 0.1
 Physical activity (%)
  Never 11.3 22.4*
  Sometimes 33.9 36.4
  Often 27.6 24.0
  Very often 27.1 17.2*
Control variables
 Avg. age 21.0 20.9
 Parents’ education (%)
  Less than HS 10.8 17.3*
  High school 52.2 53.4
  College degree or more 37.0 29.2*
 Importance of religion (%)
  Not at all 32.9 20.0*
  Somewhat 35.1 34.5
  Quite/very 32.1 45.5*
 Working while studying (%)
  Never 49.1 52.7
  Sometimes 35.8 31.4
  Regularly 15.1 15.9
 In a relationship (%) 38.6 51.6*
 Friends approve sex with persons of same-sex (%)
  No 23.6 22.5
  Somewhat 39.5 34.5*
  Quite/yes 36.8 42.9*
 Parents approve sex with persons of same-sex (%)
  No 39.4 36.1
  Somewhat 39.3 40.9
  Quite/yes 21.3 23.0
N 3222 2982
  1. *Results are significantly different between men and women (p < 0.05)