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Table 4 Odds ratios (95 % confidence intervals) for poor mental health and low wellbeing by sexual orientation identity across age groups

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

  Age <35 Age 35 to 54 Age 55+
GHQ-12 score ≥4 or EQ5D anxious/depressed Minimally adjusteda Additionally adjusteda Minimally adjustedb Additionally adjusteda Minimally adjustedb Additionally adjustedb
Total n = 80,129 (n = 24,228) (n = 27,520) (n = 28,381)
Lesbian/gay 1.92 1.78 1.75 1.42 2.24 2.06
(n =684) (1.52, 2.43) (1.40, 2.26) (1.37, 2.24) (1.10, 1.84) (1.43, 3.52) (1.29, 3.31)
Bisexual 2.52 2.15 2.38 1.88 2.34 2.47
(n = 829) (2.04, 3.10) (1.74, 2.67) (1.73, 3.28) (1.34, 2.65) (1.64, 3.35) (1.71, 3.58)
‘Other’ 1.66 1.48 2.03 1.68 1.35 1.26
(n = 743) (1.22, 2.45) (0.99, 2.07) (1.52, 2.71) (1.24, 2.27) (1.00, 1.82) (0.93, 1.73)
Heterosexual Reference Reference Reference Reference Reference Reference
(n = 77,863)
WEMWBS low wellbeing score Minimally adjusted Additionally adjusted Minimally adjusted Additionally adjusted Minimally adjusted Additionally adjusted
Total n = 57,156 (n = 11,170) (n = 25,767) (n = 20,219)
Lesbian/gay 1.71 1.53 1.01 0.83 1.52 1.36
(n = 592) (1.24, 2.37) (1.09, 2.14) (0.79, 1.29) (0.65, 1.07) (0.87, 2.65) (0.77, 2.41)
Bisexual 2.79 2.45 1.25 0.98 1.18 1.23
(n = 425) (2.00, 3.89) (1.73, 3.47) (0.88, 1.79) (0.67, 1.42) (0.79, 1.77) (0.81, 1.87)
‘Other’ 3.82 2.87 2.57 1.73 1.84 1.66
(n = 421) (1.84, 7.93) (1.35, 6.11) (1.80, 3.67) (1.19, 2.51) (1.41, 2.41) (1.26, 2.21)
Heterosexual Reference Reference Reference Reference Reference Reference
(n = 55,718)
  1. Note. a = minimally adjusted for age and sex b = additionally adjusted for ethnic minority status, educational attainment, cigarette smoking, longstanding illness/disability and relationship status. Total n refers to analytic sample with available data on sexual orientation identity, mental health or wellbeing, and covariates