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Table 1 Descriptive statistics

From: “Thanks for Telling Me”: The Impact of Disclosing Sex Secrets on Romantic Relationships

Variables Total sample
(N = 195)
Disclosure of sex secret(s) Significance
Revealed sex secret(s)
(N = 106)
Has not revealed sex secret(s)
(N = 89)
Independent variable     
Number of sex secrets     
 None (0, 1) 62.12%
n = 123
48.11%
n = 51
77.53%
n = 69
X2 = 18.724***
 1 (0, 1) 22.22%
n = 44
29.25%
n = 31
14.61%
n = 13
 
 2–3 (0, 1) 14.14%
n = 28
19.81%
n = 21
7.87%
n = 7
 
 4 + (0, 1) 1.52%
n = 3
2.83%
n = 3
0%
n = 0
 
Dependent variables     
Relationship satisfaction (1–5) 4.08
(1.160)
4.00
(1.211)
4.16
(1.095)
X2 = 0.7532
Relationship formation     
 Positive influence (0, 1) 34.38%
n = 66
8.65%
n = 9
13.64%
n = 12
X2 = 4.0419
 Neutral/no influence (0, 1) 54.69%
n = 105
50.96%
n = 53
59.09%
n = 52
 
 Negative influence (0, 1) 10.94%
n = 21
40.38%
n = 42
27.27%
n = 24
 
Respondent disclosure     
 Disapproval/disgust (0, 1) 5.05%
n = 10
9.43%
n = 10
0%
n = 0
X2 = 8.8501**
 Appreciation (0, 1) 38.89%
n = 77
66.98%
n = 71
6.74%
n = 6
X2 = 73.472***
 Relationship dissolution (0, 1) 5.05%
n = 10
7.55%
n = 8
2.25%
n = 2
X2 = 2.7932
 Personal relief (0, 1) 21.72%
n = 43
37.74%
n = 40
3.37%
n = 3
X2 = 33.2394***
 Personal regret (0, 1) 8.59%
n = 17
16.04%
n = 17
0%
n = 0
X2 = 15.6368***
 Other/not applicable (0, 1) 2.53%
n = 5
2.83%
n = 3
2.25%
n = 2
X2 = 0.0658
 Never revealed secret (0, 1) 19.19%
n = 38
4.72%
n = 5
37.08%
n = 33
X2 = 32.2931***
Partner disclosure     
 Disapproval/disgust (0, 1) 9.60%
n = 19
7.55%
n = 8
12.36%
n = 11
X2 = 1.2740
 Appreciation (0, 1) 47.98%
n = 95
72.64%
n = 77
20.22
n = 18
X2 = 53.2044***
 Relationship dissolution (0, 1) 2.02%
n = 4
1.89%
n = 2
2.25%
n = 2
X2 = 0.0313
 Other/not applicable (0, 1) 17.17%
n = 34
7.55%
n = 8
22.47%
n = 20
X2 = 8.7633**
 Never told a secret (0, 1) 6.06%
n = 12
7.55%
n = 8
4.49%
n = 4
X2 = 0.7807
Moderating variable     
Current relationship status     
 Dating/in relationship (0, 1) 55.67%
n = 108
58.10%
n = 61
52.33
n = 45
X2 = 0.6372
 Single (0, 1) 39.18%
n = 76
37.14%
n = 39
41.86%
n = 36
X2 = 0.4412
 Cohabiting (0, 1) 3.61%
n = 7
3.81%
n = 4
3.49%
n = 3
X2 = 0.0138
 Engaged (0, 1) 0.52%
n = 1
0%
n = 0
1.16%
n = 1
X2 = 1.2274
 Married (0, 1) 1.03%
n = 2
0.95%
n = 1
1.16%
n = 1
X2 = 0.0202
Control variables     
 Female (0, 1) 81.22%
n = 160
83.81%
n = 88
78.65%
n = 70
X2 = 0.8479
Race/ethnicity     
 White 68.18%
n = 135
68.87%
n = 73
67.42%
n = 60
X2 = 0.0470
 Black 16.67%
n = 33
19.81%
n = 21
12.36%
n = 11
X2 = 1.9584
 Hispanic 10.61%
n = 21
11.32%
n = 12
10.11%
n = 9
X2 = 0.0735
 Other 7.58%
n = 15
1.89%
n = 2
14.61%
n = 13
X2 = 11.0240***
  1. For means, standard deviations are shown in parentheses
  2. *p < .05; **p < .01; ***p < .001