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Table 4 Ordinary least squares regression models of desired age at marriage among Chinese college students, by sex

From: Marriage and parenthood preferences among college students in China

  Desired age at marriage
Females Males
Highest parental education − .213** (− .118) − .313** (− .124)
Employed mother .278 (.047) .654 (.086)
Parents’ marital quality − .174 (− .081) − .098 (− .037)
English spoken at home − .271 (− .038) 1.877*** (.172)
Date without parent approval − .103 (− .047) .057 (.017)
Age .020 (.084) .070*** (.153)
Religiosity .004 (.002) − .279* (− .106)
Longest dating relationship .035 (.086) − .003 (− .002)
Desires heterogamy .090 (.049) − .021 (− .008)
Number of friends dating − .183 (− .089) − .029 (− .009)
Willing to kiss on first date − .224** (− .108) .422** (.148)
Self-Esteem − .082 (− .036) − .068 (− .020)
Conservative gender attitudes − .248 (− .066) .265 (.052)
Pro-natalist attitude − .226** (− .115) − .120 (− .040)
College grades .083 (.036) − .005 (− .002)
Desired partner qualities
 Pragmatic − .091 (− .044) − .611*** (− .220)
 Caring − .078 (− .036) .103 (.035)
 Appearance .068 (.032) .205 (.070)
R-square .083 .122
F 1.800 1.937
  1. Note: standardized coefficients shown in parentheses; N = 378 females, 270 males;
  2. Significance levels: ***p < .01, **p < .05, *p < .10