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Catching up! The sexual opinions and behaviour of Italian students (2000-2017)

Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna (), Marcantonio Caltabiano (), Alessandra Minello () and Daniele Vignoli ()
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Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna: Dipartimento di Scienze Statistiche, Università di Padova, https://www.stat.unipd.it
Marcantonio Caltabiano: Dipartimento di Economia, Università di Messina, https://www.unime.it/it/dipartimenti/economia
Alessandra Minello: Dipartimento di Statistica, Informatica, Applicazioni "G. Parenti", Università di Firenze, https://www.disia.unifi.it

No 2019_02, Econometrics Working Papers Archive from Universita' degli Studi di Firenze, Dipartimento di Statistica, Informatica, Applicazioni "G. Parenti"

Abstract: Over the past decades and particularly recently, sexual attitudes and behaviour have been exposed to tremendous changes across developed societies. Only partial or outdated studies are available for Italy. This paper aims to provide fresh insights into the sexual and emotional behaviour and attitudes of young Italians. Our analysis compares the results of two nationally representative surveys of Italian university students conducted in 2000 (n = 4,998) and 2017 (n = 8,094). The results highlight a clear pattern of anticipation of the sexual debut. In addition, the sexual behaviour and attitudes of boys and girls seem to be converging in several respects (contraception, casual sex, betrayal), even if some differences between men and women remain large, especially on double standards. Convergence is mainly driven by a ‘feminisation’ of male sexual life within the couple and a ‘masculinisation’ of female sexual life outside the couple. Finally, acceptance of homosexual experiences is rising substantially.

Keywords: Sexuality; gender; behaviours; opinions; double standard; Italy; students (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 J11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 23 pages
Date: 2019-04
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