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Table 2 Characteristics of study variables comparing according to mental health and wellbeing

From: Sexual orientation and symptoms of common mental disorder or low wellbeing: combined meta-analysis of 12 UK population health surveys

  Symptoms of common mental disorder Anxious or depressed Low wellbeing score
(GHQ-12) (EQ5D) (WEMWBS)
  Yes No p Total Yes No p Total Yes No p Total
(n = 12,462) (n = 60,401) (n = 72,863) (n = 3,251) (n = 10,753) (n = 14,004) (n = 15,127) (n = 42,029) (n = 57,156)
Age (25/50/75 percentile) 31/46/62 27/43/57   30/46/61 34/48/63 37/50/63   35/48/63 38/46/62 40/46/60   38/46/61
Male (%) 35.7 45.8 <0.001 44.0 46.6 38.3 <0.001 44.7 42.6 44.7 <0.001 44.1
Lesbian/Gay (%) 1.6 0.9 <0.001 1.0 1.2 0.9 0.10 1.0 1.2 1.0 0.07 1.0
Bisexual (%) 1.9 0.6 <0.001 1.0 1.1 0.5 <0.001 0.7 1.0 0.6 <0.001 0.7
‘Other’ (%) 1.2 0.5 <0.001 0.9 0.8 0.3 <0.001 0.5 1.2 0.6 <0.001 0.7
Ethnic minority (%) 12.7 8.9 <0.001 9.5 8.6 9.6 0.08 9.4 3.8 5.0 <0.001 4.7
University degree (%) 22.6 26.5 <0.001 25.8 27.3 20.5 <0.001 25.7 18.9 30.5 <0.001 27.5
Smoker (%) 42.6 40.5 <0.001 40.9 26.7 17.1 <0.001 19.3 31.6 28.9 <0.001 29.7
Longstanding illness (%) 51.9 32.5 <0.001 35.8 62.7 35.4 <0.001 41.7 53.1 33.4 <0.001 38.6
Married/cohabiting (%) 51.3 63.6 <0.001 61.5 55.7 66.8 <0.001 64.3 56.2 69.4 <0.001 65.9