Table 2

Mean Score and Standard Deviation (SD) of All 50 Items
Ranked by Descending Score


        Item
   Mean 
    SD 
1. AIDS
3.5
1.2
2. Cancer
3.3
1.1
3. What I'll be like in 10 or 15 years
3.3
1.2
4. Birth Control
3.3
1.2
5. Auto Accidents
3.3
.9
6. Use of Contraceptives
3.1
1.2
7. Death
3.1
1.3
8. Sexually Transmitted Disease other than AIDS
3.0
1.3
9. Overweight
2.9
1.4
10. Nuclear Warfare
2.9
1.1
11. Heart Disease
2.8
1.2
12. Childbirth
2.8
1.3
13. Smoking and Disease
2.7
1.3
14. Pregnancy
2.7
1.4
15. Sex Behavior
2.6
1.5
16. Halitosis (bad breath)
2.5
1.3
17. Acne
2.4
1.1
18. Alcohol Dependence
2.4
1.1
19. Poor Teeth and Decay
2.4
1.2
20. Nervousness
2.3
1.0
21. Moodiness
2.3
1.0
22. Eye Disorders and Blindness
2.3
1.2
23. Biological and Chemical Warfare
2.3
1.2
24. Air Pollution
2.3
1.0
25. Being Burned
2.3
1.1
26. Suicide
2.3
1.0
27. Water Pollution
2.3
1.3
28. Drowning
2.2
1.2
29. Starvation and Malnutrition
2.2
1.2
30. Airplane Accidents
2.2
1.1
31. "Colds"
2.2
1.2
32. Sterility
2.2
1.0
33. Drug Abuse
2.2
1.0
34. Emphysema or Respiratory Disease
2.1
1.2
35. Firearm Accidents
2.1
1.3
36. Combat
2.1
1.2
37. Headache
2.0
1.0
38. Homosexuality
2.0
1.3
39. Kidney Disease
2.0
1.0
40. Mental Illness
2.0
1.1
41. Mononucleosis ("mono")
2.0
1.0
42. Radiation
2.0
1.0
43. Liver Disease
2.0
1.0
44. Nausea
1.8
1.0
45. Population Explosion
1.8
1.0
46. Accidents due to Electric Current
1.7
1.0
47. Tuberculosis ("TB")
1.6
0.9
48. Riots
1.6
0.9
49. Poisoning by Snakes
1.5
0.9
50. Masturbation
1.3
0.7

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