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Table 5 Associations between various characteristics and premarital sex and high-risk sexual behaviors

From: Sex knowledge, attitudes, and high-risk sexual behaviors among unmarried youth in Hong Kong

  Premarital sex Casual relationships Multiple sex partners Pregnancy
  ( n = 1117) (n = 1120) (n = 1125) (n =1124 )
  OR 95% CI OR 95% CI OR 95% CI OR 95% CI
Age 1.17*** 1.09-1.25 1.20 0.93-1.49 0.89 0.78-1.02 1.15 0.98-1.35
Gender 0.74* 0.55-0.99 0.42 0.12-1.41 0.50 0.23-1.05 0.84 0.39-1.82
Immigration status         
  No 1.00   1.00   1.00   1.00  
  Yes 0.61* 0.41-0.90 3.24* 1.12-9.31 2.58* 1.13-5.92 1.92 0.76-4.86
Education         
  Junior high or lower 1.00   1.00   1.00   1.00  
  Senior high 0.43*** 0.29-0.62 0.22 0.05-1.02 0.38* 0.16-0.88 0.17** 0.05-0.59
  College or higher 0.50*** 0.33-0.75 0.19* 0.04-0.84 0.50 0.21-1.19 0.23** 0.08-0.65
Marital status of parents         
  Married 1.00   1.00   1.00   1.00  
  Divorced 1.60* 1.00-2.55 0.80 0.19-3.32 0.50 0.16-1.36 1.06 0.34-3.29
  Deceased 0.86 0.49-1.51 1.02 0.22-4.65 1.37 0.50-3.71 0.54 0.12-2.48
Studying status         
  In school 1.00   1.00   1.00   1.00  
  Out of school 1.89** 1.26-2.83 0.31 0.06-1.62 1.07 0.39-2.92 2.38 -
Family life satisfaction         
  Very satisfied 1.00   1.00   1.00   1.00  
  Satisfied 1.14 0.77-1.68 0.43 0.11-1.67 1.13 0.47-2.71 1.61 0.52-5.01
  Less than satisfied 1.21 0.78-1.90 0.84 0.21-3.29 1.80 0.70-4.66 1.27 0.36-4.42
Sex-related knowledge 1.01 0.95-1.08 0.99 0.82-1.19 1.02 0.89-1.15 1.27 0.98-1.64
Attitudes toward high-risk sexual behaviors         
  Not accept 1.00   1.00   1.00   1.00  
  Neutral 0.98 0.54-1.79 1.88 0.48-7.26 3.43* 1.24-9.45 0.82 0.19-3.42
  Accept 6.70*** 4.10-10.96 3.36* 1.15-9.80 9.75*** 4.15-22.90 1.98 0.76-5.15
  1. Note: Attitudes towards high-risk sexual behavior in the regression model corresponded with a particular sexual behavior. For example, attitudes toward premarital sex were used to predict premarital sex, and attitudes toward compensated dating with sex were used to predict casual sex relationships.
  2. *p < .05 **p < .01 ***p < .001.