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Table 5 Measuring the relationship between importance of religion on early sex and opinions on female cheating

From: The end of “Catholic” sexuality in Italy?

  Importance of religion Total
Not Little Fairly Very
First sexual intercourse before 18th birthday (%)
Men
  2000 49.8 39.1 33.4 26.3 35.8
  2017 54.2 52.0 45.5 39.9 50.1
  2017a 47.3
 Women
  2000 41.5 41.9 34.6 22.7 33.1
  2017 59.0 56.0 43.2 37.1 49.9
  2017a 44.7
A young woman in a couple relationship has cheated (% agree)
 Men
  2000 25.7 10.5 11.1 10.7 13.0
  2017 10.6 9.5 10.2 6.9 9.9
  2017a 9.5
 Women
  2000 10.6 6.6 3.5 2.5 4.1
  2017 6.3 3.9 3.1 1.4 3.8
  2017a 2.9
  1. Source: authors’ elaboration on SIS and SELFY surveys data
  2. aIf in 2017 the distribution of students by the importance of religion remained identical to that recorded in 2000