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Table 9 Sexual opinions and behaviors (%)

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

  Men Women
2000 2017 2000 2017
Opinions (I agree with….)
 A young man has very early intercourse 50.2 52.2 13.7 21.3
 A young woman has very early intercourse 28.8 27.4 8.5 13.6
 A young man has cheats while in a couple relationship 26.0 17.9 2.4 2.9
 A young woman cheats while in a couple relationship 13.0 9.9 4.1 3.8
 Casual sex for a young man without a stable partner 67.4 71.5 21.8 24.3
 Casual sex for a young woman without a stable partner 46.1 53.3 16.1 30.5
 A young man remains a virgin until an advanced aged 35.6 38.1 51.9 48.3
 A young woman remains a virgin until an advanced aged 43.6 44.8 59.0 54.2
 A young man remains a virgin until marriage 26.5 21.7 37.0 35.4
 A young woman remains a virgin until marriage 36.0 25.7 52.9 38.5
 A young man has homosexual intercourse 19.0 42.4 28.1 69.5
 A young woman has homosexual intercourse 31.5 59.5 27.0 66.7
Behaviors (all respondents)
 Talking about sex with friends (often or very often) 67.1 67.0 48.3 46.3
 Masturbating (at least sometimes) n.a 87.7 n.a 34.6
 Homosexual experience at least once in life 6.4 7.2 4.3 14.9
 Homosexual attraction at least once in life n.a 5.7 n.a 10.4
 Homosexual or bisexual orientation n.a 3.0 n.a 3.7
 Visiting porn websites (often or very often) 10.4 39.5 0.4 2.8
 Exchanging sexual material by mobile (often or very often) n.a 18.4 n.a 3.2
 Feeling at risk for HIV (yes) 32.1 37.8 24.2 34.3
 Had a sexual transmitted disease (at least once) 4.2 7.0 6.3 11.6
 Had first sexual intercourse before 18th birthday 35.8 50.1 33.1 49.9
 Had first sexual intercourse before 16th birthday 12.5 18.6 9.1 18.9
 Had first not complete sexual experience before 16th birthday 52.5 53.2 42.1 46.3
 Had first steady couple relationship before 16th birthday 44.8 47.5 51.6 52.6
Behaviors (respondents who had sexual intercourse)
 Condom, pill, or IUD at first intercourse 74.6 79.9 65.2 78.5
 Casual partner at first intercourse 35.5 29.4 9.1 11.8
 Female partner proposed to have intercourse 17.6 13.7 9.8 6.6
 Having had only one sexual partner in life 38.7 32.2 58.2 42.3
 Having had at least three sexual partners in life 30.7 37.3 12.9 23.8
 Paid to have intercourse 8.2 11.6 0.3 0.4
 Sex once a month or less (during the last 3 months) 43.8 44.8 29.4 30.9
 Sex 2–3 times a week or more (during the last 3 months) 27.6 25.9 30.7 34.0
 Had sexual intercourse without loving partner (at least once) 47.4 52.7 14.9 27.6
 Betrayed the partner (at least once) 27.2 22.7 12.1 12.7
  1. Source: authors’ elaboration on SIS and SELFY survey data
  2. n.a., not available