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Table 8 Connection between religion and sex (logistic models) by gender and year

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

Connection between religion and sex Men Women
2000 2017 2000 2017
Opinions (I agree with….)
 A young man has very early intercourse Yes No Yes Yes
 A young woman has very early intercourse Yes No Yes Yes
 A young man cheats while in a couple relationship Yes No No No
 A young woman cheats while in a couple relationship No No No No
 Casual sex for a young man without a stable partner Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Casual sex for a young woman without a stable partner Yes Yes Yes Yes
 A young man remains a virgin until an advanced aged Yes No No No
 A young woman remains a virgin until an advanced aged Yes No No No
 A young man remains a virgin until marriage Yes No Yes No
 A young woman remains a virgin until marriage Yes No Yes No
 A young man has homosexual intercourse Yes Yes Yes Yes
 A young woman has homosexual intercourse Yes Yes Yes Yes
Behaviors (all respondents)
 Talking about sex with friends (often or very often) No No No No
 Masturbating (at least sometimes) (a) No Yes
 Homosexual experience at least once in life No No No No
 Homosexual attraction at least once in life (a) No No
 Homosexual or bisexual orientation (a) No No
 Visiting porn websites (often or very often) Yes No No No
 Exchanging sexual material by mobile (often or very often) (a) No No
 Feeling at risk for HIV (yes) Yes No No No
 Had a sexually transmitted disease (at least once) No No No No
 Had first sexual intercourse before 18th birthday Yes No Yes Yes
 Had first sexual intercourse before 16th birthday No No Yes No
 Had first not complete sexual experience before 16th birthday Yes No No Yes
 Had first steady couple relationship before 16th birthday No No No No
Behaviors (respondents who had sexual intercourse)
 Condom, pill, or IUD at first intercourse No No No No
 Casual partner at first intercourse No No No No
 Female partner proposed to have intercourse No No No No
 Having had only one sexual partner in life No No Yes No
 Having had at least three sexual partners in life No No Yes Yes
 Paid to have intercourse No No n.a n.a
 Sex once a month or less (during the last 3 months) No No No No
 Sex 2–3 times a week or more (during the last 3 months) No No No No
 Had sexual intercourse without loving partner (at least once) No No Yes Yes
 Cheated on partner (at least once) No No No No
 Number of “Yes” (excluding (a)) 15 4 13 10
  1. Source: authors’ elaboration on SIS and SELFY survey data
  2. No indicates that the two confidence intervals for the odds ratio of agreeing with a certain opinion or having enacted a certain behavior for religious and not religious interviewees of the same gender, interviewed in 2000 or 2017, overlap, at least in part; conversely, Yes means that the two confidence intervals are entirely separated. Thus, Yes/No suggests a decreasing influence of religion on opinion/behavior, No/Yes signifies an increasing influence, Yes/Yes a persistent influence, and No/No a stable absence of influence