Predictors of celibacy: As a follow-up to the previous post, I looked for General Social Survey variables that predict that a young person (aged 18-25) is celibate. Below I show trimmed models where independent variables with effects not even close to significance have been removed. These include: size of place, race, athleticism, father's level of education, political orientation, and trust of other people.
Logit coefficients--males, N = 67
Church attendance .265*
How healthy -.510
*p < .10, one-tail test
For young men, the following predict being celibate: frequent church attendance; a high IQ; and less income.
Now for the girls:
Logit coefficients--females, N = 56
Church attendance .282*
How healthy -1.260*
p < .05, one-tail test
Going to church a lot and not being healthy predict that a girl is refraining from sex. More income makes young men more appealing, and high intelligence is probably associated with a lack of the interpersonal skills needed to win over girls, but income and IQ don't matter if you're a girl.
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