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Table 4 Likelihood of students being classified in a cluster containing a risky health behaviour based on their age, field of study and accommodation type

From: Identification of health-related behavioural clusters and their association with demographic characteristics in Irish university students

Male Students
Cluster Title Low PA & Poor Diet Convenience Food Alcohol Consumption Smoking & Drug Use
N 581 406 431 569
Participant Demographics
  OR 95% CI OR 95% CI OR 95% CI OR 95% CI
Age (years) 1.06** 1.04–1.09 0.99 0.96–1.02 1.03* 1.00–1.05 1.06** 1.03–1.08
Field of Study (Reference Cluster = Health, Welfare & Exercise)
 Social, Business, Law 2.34** 1.55–3.54 1.65* 1.08–2.51 3.00** 1.96–4.60 2.10** 1.43–3.07
 Humanities & Arts 2.08** 1.25–3.45 1.57 0.93–2.65 3.04** 1.80–5.13 2.73** 1.74–4.27
 Education 1.89 0.93–3.85 1.66 0.82–3.37 0.84 0.36–1.95 0.83 0.37–1.83
 Science, Maths, Computing 2.61** 1.85–3.67 1.49* 1.05–2.12 1.81** 1.25–2.63 1.46* 1.06–2.02
 Engineering & Manufacturing 2.02** 1.26–3.27 1.34 0.81–2.23 1.25 0.73–2.16 1.31 0.82–2.09
 Other 2.89** 1.58–5.27 1.52 0.78–2.98 2.87** 1.50–5.52 1.62 0.87–2.99
Accommodation (Reference Cluster = Living at Home
 Away from home 0.91 0.72–1.15 0.92 0.71–1.19 3.05** 2.34–3.98 1.16 0.92–1.46
Female Students
Cluster Title Low PA & Smoking Convenience Food Alcohol Consumption
N 575 491 311
Participant Demographics
  OR 95% CI OR 95% CI OR 95% CI
Age (years) 1.03** 1.01–1.04 0.96** 0.93–0.98 0.99 0.97–1.02
Field of Study (Reference Cluster = Health, Welfare & Exercise)
 Social, Business, Law 1.76** 1.29–2.39 1.60** 1.16–2.20 1.46 1.00–2.13
 Humanities & Arts 1.70** 1.23–2.35 1.19 0.84–1.68 1.33 0.89–1.99
 Education 0.32** 0.19–0.53 0.81 0.54–1.21 0.86 0.55–1.36
 Science, Maths, Computing 1.59** 1.15–2.21 1.28 0.90–1.81 1.07 0.71–1.63
 Engineering & Manufacturing 1.25 0.59–2.66 1.43 0.68–2.99 1.12 0.43–2.88
 Other 1.15 0.73–1.82 0.99 0.60–1.63 0.63 0.32–1.23
Accommodation (Reference Cluster = Living at Home)
 Away from home 1.11 0.90–1.36 0.75** 0.61–0.93 1.72** 1.31–2.26
  1. Binary logistic Regression: Reference category = Ideal Healthy Cluster (males: n = 649; females: n = 1147); * = p < 0.05, ** = p < 0.01,   OR = Odds Ratio; NS = not significant; 95% CI = 95% Confidence Interval. Numbers are reduced due to missing data for demographic data