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Table 2 Characteristics of those students with single vs. multiple sex partners

From: Multiple sex partner behavior in female undergraduate students in China: A multi-campus survey

Demographic Variables    
Variables Ever had sex
(n = 863)
Multiple sex partners
(n = 253)
Test of signif
T-test or OR (95% CI)
Mean age a 20.99(SD = 1.40) 21.09(SD = 1.31) 0.92
Nationality Han (vs. minority) 779 (90.27) 231 (91.30) 0.85(0.51–1.43)
Home location    
   Eastern coastal regions 107 (12.40) 37 (14.62) 1.00(reference)
   Central areas 662 (76.71) 196 (77.47) 0.76(0.49–1.18)
   Western areas 94 (10.89) 20 (7.91) 0.49(0.26–0.94)c
Parents' economic status    
   Poor 212 (24.57) 38 (15.02) 1.00(reference)
   Average 455 (52.72) 131 (51.78) 1.79(1.19–2.70)d
   Rich 196 (22.71) 84 (33.20) 3.24(2.05–5.12)d
Family, peer, and work variables    
Parents' disciplinary style    
   Strict 195 (22.60) 60 (23.72) 1.00(reference)
   Average 434 (50.29) 131 (51.78) 1.00(0.68–1.45)
   Relaxed 234 (27.11) 62 (24.51) 0.80(0.52–1.23)
Only one child(yes)b 468(54.23) 156(61.66) 1.55(1.14–2.09)d
Parents divorced(yes)b 86(9.97) 37(14.62) 1.90(1.20–3.03)d
Parents disapproving of premarital sex (yes)b 416 (48.20) 113 (44.66) 0.82(0.61–1.11)
Middle-school close classmates and friends disapproving of premarital sex (yes)b 472(54.69) 123(48.62) 0.71(0.52–0.95)c
Middle-school close friends falling in love (yes)b 366(42.41) 132(52.17) 1.73(1.28–2.33)d
Current close friends living with boyfriend (yes) b 224 (25.96) 104 (41.11) 2.73(1.97–3.78)d
Work at place of entertainment (yes)b 138 (15.99) 70 (27.67) 2.88(1.97–4.20)d
Current student variables    
Major    
   Literature and history 323 (37.43) 80 (31.62) 1.00(reference)
   Science and technology 157 (18.19) 26 (10.28) 0.56(0.34–0.91)c
   Medical science 118 (13.67) 32 (12.65) 1.11(0.68–1.81)
   Art 265 (30.71) 115 (45.45) 2.02(1.41–2.89)d
Grade    
   Freshman 103 (11.94) 18 (7.11) 1.00(reference)
   Sophomore 157 (18.19) 43 (17.00) 1.37(0.72–2.58)
   Junior 361 (41.83) 122 (48.22) 1.85(1.04–3.27)c
   Senior 242 (28.04) 70 (27.67) 1.46(0.80–2.65)
Academic performance    
   Excellent 210 (24.33) 50 (19.76) 1.00(reference)
   Medium 546 (63.27) 162 (64.03) 1.43(0.98–2.07)
   Poor 107 (12.40) 41 (16.21) 1.99(1.20–3.31)d
Feelings in college    
   Generally happy(yes)b 236(27.35) 65(25.69) 0.89(0.63–1.24)
   Average or ordinary(yes)b 264(30.59) 66(26.09) 0.76(0.54–1.06)
   Confused(yes)b 437(50.64) 132(52.17) 1.11(0.82–1.50)
   Depressed(yes)b 195(22.60) 65(25.69) 1.34(0.94–1.90)
   Anxious(yes)b 118(13.67) 48(18.97) 1.79(1.19–2.70)d
   Pressured(yes)b 235(27.23) 74(29.25) 1.12(0.80–1.56)
Score in sex-related knowledge a 51.01(SD = 11.68) 53.09(SD = 11.59) 2.75d
Approve/accept premarital sex (yes)b 790 (91.54) 247 (97.63) 4.34(1.84–10.25)d
Approve/accept multiple sex partners (yes)b 164 (19.00) 82 (32.41) 3.25(2.26–4.68)d
  1. a Independent-samples t-test. b Dichotomous variables with 0 (condition absent) as reference group. c p < 0.05 dp < 0.01