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Table 1 Characteristics of Heterosexual and Gay/Lesbian Samples1

From: Gay/Lesbian sexual orientation increases risk for cigarette smoking and heavy drinking among members of a large Northern California health plan

  Women Men
Characteristic Heterosexual N = 12,188 Wtd. % (Unwtd %) Lesbian N = 210 Wtd. % (Unwtd %) Heterosexual N = 9,342 Wtd. % (Unwtd %) Gay N = 331 Wtd. % (Unwtd %)
Age Group*     
   20–29 yr 21.1 (15.8) 12.2 (8.6) 20.6 (11.7) 12.6 (7.0)
   30–39 yr 23.6 (22.3) 28.4 (25.7) 24.6 (20.2) 28.9 (24.8)
   40–49 yr 25.1 (26.4) 33.9 (36.2) 25.2 (25.2) 34.9 (37.2)
   50–59 yr 21.8 (23.5) 21.6 (22.9) 21.4 (26.9) 18.7 (21.8)
   60–65 yr 8.4 (12.0) 4.0 (6.7) 8.2 (15.5) 4.8 (9.4)
Mean age (s.e.) 41.7 (0.1) (43.7) 41.9 (0.7) (43.6) 41.6 (0.1) (45.7) 41.9 (0.6) (44.5)
Race/Ethnicity*     
   White/non-Hispanic 64.2 (65.9) 76.1 (78.3) 63.9 (67.6) 77.2 (79.3)
   African-American/Black 7.0 (7.3) 6.0 (5.4) 5.7 (6.3) 3.0 (3.1)
   Latino(a)/Hispanic 12.4 (11.7) 10.2 (8.9) 12.4 (10.8) 11.7 (9.6)
   Asian/Pacific Islander 16.0 (14.8) 6.6 (6.4) 17.5 (14.8) 7.8 (7.7)
   Other 0.4 (0.4) 1.1 (1.0) 0.5 (0.5) 0.3 (0.3)
Educational Attainment*     
   Non-High School Graduate 3.2 (3.5) 2.5 (1.9) 4.5 (4.8) 1.0 (1.2)
   High School Graduate 13.9 (14.4) 5.0 (4.3) 14.4 (14.4) 5.9 (5.7)
   Some College 44.0 (43.9) 32.9 (32.4) 40.0 (39.9) 32.9 (31.7)
   4-Yr College Graduate 38.9 (38.2) 59.6 (61.4) 41.1 (41.0) 60.1 (61.3)
Experienced depression for ≥ 2 weeks or took anti-depressant during past 12 mos. 16.2 (16.5) 22.5* (22.9) 7.4 (7.9) 23.9* (23.3)
Felt very stressed, tense, or anxious much of the time 25.1 (23.9) 28.5 (27.0) 16.8 (15.8) 23.7* (23.2)
  1. * Difference between weighted percents significant at p < .05 by Rao-Scott chi-square test.