Survey On the Beliefs and Moral Values of America's Children, 1989

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D8PREMAR (Weighted by WEIGHT)

Imagine someone like yourself in the following situation and tell us what would most likely happen - You have had a steady relationship for a long time and you feel very much in love. At this point your girlfriend/boyfriend tells you they want to have sex with you. In this situation, would you have sex, try to hold off if you can, refuse to have sex for now, or insist on waiting until you're married? (Not asked of elementary school students.)
  1) Have sex
  2) Try to hold off if you can
  3) Refuse to have sex for now
  4) Insist on waiting until you're married

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Have sex 1261 37.2% 37.2%
Try to hold off if you can 652 19.3% 56.5%
Refuse to have sex for now 667 19.7% 76.2%
Insist on waiting until you're married 806 23.8% 100%
Missing 2997
* The number of missing cases reported above is unweighted. Missing cases are not displayed in tables below.

Variable Comparisons

Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Have sex 54.8%
840
22.5%
412
37.2%
1252
Try to hold off if you can 16.8%
257
21.4%
393
19.3%
650
Refuse to have sex for now 11.4%
175
26.7%
490
19.8%
665
Insist on waiting until you're married 17.1%
262
29.4%
538
23.8%
800
TOTAL 100.0%
1534
100.0%
1833

3367


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Other Don't know TOTAL
Have sex 37.5%
878
43.5%
167
31.7%
169
43.5%
27
37.4%
1241
Try to hold off if you can 19.5%
456
19.8%
76
17.8%
95
21.0%
13
19.3%
640
Refuse to have sex for now 20.3%
475
16.1%
62
19.7%
105
9.7%
6
19.5%
648
Insist on waiting until you're married 22.7%
531
20.6%
79
30.8%
164
25.8%
16
23.8%
790
TOTAL 100.0%
2340
100.0%
384
100.0%
533
100.0%
62

3319


Religious preference (I-RELIG)

Protestant Catholic Jewish Other Don't know TOTAL
Have sex 36.5%
580
33.6%
366
63.8%
30
46.2%
197
36.2%
75
37.2%
1248
Try to hold off if you can 19.1%
303
21.9%
238
19.1%
9
15.5%
66
16.9%
35
19.4%
651
Refuse to have sex for now 17.5%
277
23.4%
255
17.0%
8
18.8%
80
20.8%
43
19.8%
663
Insist on waiting until you're married 26.9%
427
21.0%
229
0.0%
0
19.5%
83
26.1%
54
23.6%
793
TOTAL 100.0%
1587
100.0%
1088
100.0%
47
100.0%
426
100.0%
207

3355


Grade (I-GRADE)

Elem schl Middle sch High schl TOTAL
Have sex 0.0%
0
27.8%
480
47.1%
781
37.2%
1261
Try to hold off if you can 0.0%
0
19.3%
334
19.2%
318
19.3%
652
Refuse to have sex for now 0.0%
0
22.3%
386
16.9%
281
19.7%
667
Insist on waiting until you're married 0.0%
0
30.6%
528
16.8%
278
23.8%
806
TOTAL 100.0%
0
100.0%
1728
100.0%
1658

3386


Median income (I-MEDINC)

$10K-19999 $20K-29999 $30K-39999 $40K-49999 $50K and a TOTAL
Have sex 29.7%
145
38.0%
607
39.6%
382
40.6%
69
35.2%
58
37.2%
1261
Try to hold off if you can 20.3%
99
17.5%
279
20.2%
195
18.2%
31
29.1%
48
19.3%
652
Refuse to have sex for now 20.7%
101
18.6%
298
21.5%
207
13.5%
23
23.0%
38
19.7%
667
Insist on waiting until you're married 29.3%
143
25.9%
414
18.8%
181
27.6%
47
12.7%
21
23.8%
806
TOTAL 100.0%
488
100.0%
1598
100.0%
965
100.0%
170
100.0%
165

3386



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