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Table 3 Terrorism preparedness behaviours by socio-demographic & threat perception variables – adjusted odds ratios (AOR)

From: Perceived coping & concern predict terrorism preparedness in Australia

Outcome variable Independent variable Adjusted odd ratios
AOR [95% CI] p
More vigilant for suspicious behaviours    
  Terrorist attack likely    
  No 1.00   
  Yes 2.31 (1.74, 3.06) <0.001
  High psychological distress    
  No 1.00   
  Yes 1.86 (1.23, 2.80) 0.003
  Ethnic minority status    
  No 1.00   
  Yes 1.98 (1.23, 3.19) 0.005
Learned evacuation plan    
  Gender    
  Male 1.00   
  Female 1.61 (1.17, 2.22) 0.004
  Currently employed    
  No 1.00   
  Yes 5.58 (3.91, 7.97) <0.001
Made emergency family contact plan    
  Children in household    
  No 1.00   
  Yes 1.75 (1.08, 2.83) 0.023
  Ethnic minority status    
  No 1.00   
  Yes 2.13 (1.24, 3.64) 0.006
  1. 1. Note: 95% confidence intervals (CI) that include 1.00 indicate a non significant result.
  2. 2. Independent variables controlled for were: age; highest educational qualification; household income, no. of children ≤ 16 years in household; residential location (urban or rural, and location remoteness via Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA+); being born in Australia; speaking a language other than English at home (‘minority status’); perceived likelihood of terrorism and self-rated health status, personal resilience (CD-RISC2) and psychological distress (K10).
  3. 3. Psychological distress was measured using the K10. Values range from 10–50, with ≥22 considered ‘high’ psychological distress.