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Table 2 Mean levels of family and individual characteristics among Chinese college students, by sex

From: Marriage and parenthood preferences among college students in China

  Females Males
Highest parental education 4.62 (1.23) 4.75 (1.27)
Employed mother 0.83 (0.38) 0.77* (0.42)
Parents’ marital quality 3.87 (1.03) 3.99 (1.20)
English spoken at home 0.11 (0.31) 0.09 (0.29)
Date without parent approval 3.05 (1.01) 3.42*** (0.93)
Age 21.39 (9.21) 21.30 (7.04)
Religiosity 1.86 (1.20) 1.91 (1.23)
Longest dating relationship 5.27 (5.54) 5.74 (2.43)
Desires heterogamy 1.08 (1.22) 1.13 (1.23)
Number of friends dating 3.04 (1.09) 3.15 (1.01)
Willing to kiss on first date 2.57 (1.08) 3.24*** (1.12)
Self-esteem 3.47 (0.99) 3.56 (0.94)
Conservative gender attitudes 2.41 (0.59) 2.80*** (0.62)
Pro-natalist attitude 2.69 (1.13) 2.65 (1.06)
College grades 2.20 (0.96) 2.37** (1.16)
Desired partner qualities
 Pragmatic 4.76 (1.08) 4.26*** (1.15)
 Caring 5.25 (1.05) 5.12 (1.09)
 Appearance 4.61 (1.06) 4.74 (1.11)
  1. Note: N = 378 females, 270 males; standard deviations shown in parentheses; significance levels indicate difference between the means of females and males
  2. ***p < .01, **p < .05, *p < .10