Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sexual orientation and harm avoidance

I calculated mean harm avoidance scores as described in the last post by sex and sexual orientation. (N = 3,546, whites only)

Mean harm avoidance score

Straight 11.18
Gay 10.97
Bisexual 10.82

Straight 12.74
Lesbian 12.24
Bisexual 11.92

Compared to straight guys, gay and bisexual men have lower harm-avoidance scores (the difference is trivial, however). Lesbians and bisexual women also have lower means than their straight counterparts. The female straight-bisexual gap is about one-third of a standard deviation--a moderate difference. None of the female groups approach the low danger-averse scores of the male groups.

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