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Table 6 Sexual behaviours, sexual health outcomes and health-seeking behaviours of 16–24 year old women overall and by education/employment status

From: How does the sexual, physical and mental health of young adults not in education, employment or training (NEET) compare to workers and students?

  WOMEN
  All young women(16–24) NEETs Workers Students
Denominators (unwt, wt) 2140, 1207 468, 239 670, 390 999, 577
   Age-standardised estimates:
Sexual behaviours
% (95%CI) First heterosexual sex before the age of 16 29.6% [27.4 – 31.9%] 43.4% [38.5 – 48.4%] 33.1% [29.4 – 37.1%] 20.5% [16.8 – 24.8%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:
NEETs with workers (ref)    1.59 (1.21–2.10)     
NEETs with students (ref)    3.37 (2.48–4.58)     
NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    2.36 (1.86–3.01)     
% (95%CI) Not sexually competent at firstheterosexual sex 51.9% [49.2 – 54.6%] 67.9% [62.6 – 72.7%] 49.0% [44.6 – 53.3%] 51.4% [45.1 – 57.7%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:
NEETs with workers (ref)    2.23 (1.68–2.96)     
NEETs with students (ref)    2.39 (1.73–3.29)     
NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    2.41 (1.86–3.12)     
Number of partners a, past year
% (95% CI:)
 0 21.7% [19.7,23.9%] 8.4% [5.4–12.9%] 9.1% [6.9–11.8%] 29.0% [23.9–34.7%]
 1 50.3% [47.8,52.7%] 61.8% [56.7–66.7%] 57.1% [52.8–61.3%] 44.9% [40.0–50.4%]
 2 12.1% [10.7,13.8%] 11.8% [8.8–15.6%] 14.4% [11.6–17.7%] 11.7% [8.8–15.4%]
 3–4 9.3% [8.1,10.7%] 9.3% [6.8–12.7%] 11.6% [9.3–14.4%] 8.5% [6.1–11.8%]
5+ 6.5% [5.3,8.0%] 8.6% [6.2–11.8%] 7.8% [5.6–10.7%] 5.9% [3.5–9.9%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:
NEETs with workers (ref)    1.13 (0.68–1.87)     
NEETs with students (ref)    1.52 (0.74–3.10)     
NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    1.46 (0.90–2.37)     
% (95%CI) condomless sex with 2+ partners, past year 7.7% [6.6 – 9.0%] 11.1% [8.5–14.5%] 8.9% [6.7–11.6%] 5.9% [4.1–8.5%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:
NEETs with workers (ref)    1.32 (0.86–2.03)     
NEETs with students (ref)    2.04 (1.28–3.25)     
NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    1.74 (1.19–2.53)     
% (95%CI) same-sex experience with genital contact, ever 7.6% [6.4 – 8.9%] 10.8% [8.1–14.2%] 7.9% [6.0–10.3%] 9.3% [6.4–13.2%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:
NEETs with workers (ref)    1.37 (0.89–2.11)     
NEETs with students (ref)    1.24 (0.70–2.22)     
NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    1.46 (0.97–2.19)     
Characteristics of sex with most recent partner (MRP)
% (95%CI) condom not used on 1st occasionwith most recent partner (vaginal/anal sex only) 33.7% [31.2 – 36.3%] 41.8% [36.7–47.2%] 33.3% [29.1–37.7%] 31.7% [25.7–38.3%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:
NEETs with workers (ref)    1.46 (1.09–1.96)     
NEETs with students (ref)    1.71 (1.23–2.38)     
NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    1.57 (1.21–2.04)     
% (95%CI) just met MRP when first had sex 3.1% [2.3 – 4.1%] 4.3% [2.7–6.9%] 3.1% [1.9–5.1%] 4.0% [1.9–8.5%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:
NEETs with workers (ref)    1.41 (0.70–2.83)     
NEETs with students (ref)    1.35 (0.52–3.54)     
NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    1.53 (0.81–2.88)     
  19.0% [16.9,21.2%] 19.1% [15.0,23.9%] 17.2% [14.0, 21.0%] 22.0% [17.0,27.8%]
  16.1% [14.3,18.2%] 13.0% [9.9,16.9%] 14.0% [11.2,17.6%] 15.2% [11.7,19.4%]
  12.3% [10.7,14.0%] 9.0% [6.6,12.2%] 11.7% [8.9,15.1%] 13.8% [10.5,17.9%]
  46.4% [43.8,49.1%] 48.5% [43.3,53.8%] 50.2% [45.9,54.5%] 44.6% [38.6,50.7%]
  6.3% [5.2,7.6%] 10.5% [7.8–13.9%] 6.9% [5.3–8.9%] 4.5% [2.5–8.1%]
Sexual health outcomes
% (95%CI) Diagnosed with STI, past year 3.6% [2.7 – 4.8%] 4.5% [2.2 – 8.8%] 4.9% [3.3 – 7.1%] 2.2% [1.1 – 4.3%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:         
 NEETs with workers (ref)    0.93 (0.39–2.21)     
 NEETs with students (ref)    1.70 (0.67–4.35)     
 NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    1.22 (0.57–2.63)     
% (95%CI) Unplanned pregnancy, past year 2.6% [2.0 – 3.4%] 5.1% [3.4 – 7.6%] 2.8% [1.7 – 4.7%] 1.6% [0.8 – 3.2%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:         
 NEETs with workers (ref)    1.91 (0.97–3.78)     
 NEETs with students (ref)    3.40 (1.49–7.76)     
 NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    2.64 (1.44–4.84)     
% (95%CI) Experienced attempted non-volitionalsex, ever 20.4% [18.3 – 22.6%] 24.0% [19.5 – 29.1%] 18.3% [15.2 – 21.9%] 25.6% [20.5 – 31.6%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:         
 NEETs with workers (ref)    1.46 (1.03–2.07)     
 NEETs with students (ref)    1.04 (0.70–1.53)     
 NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    1.33 (0.97–1.81)     
% (95%CI) Experienced completed non-volitionalsex, ever 8.5% [7.2 – 10.1%] 11.2% [8.3 – 15.0%] 7.0% [5.1 – 9.5%] 13.6% [9.4 – 19.1%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:         
 NEETs with workers (ref)    1.71 (1.05–2.76)     
 NEETs with students (ref)    1.03 (0.60–1.79)     
 NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    1.49 (0.99–2.23)     
% (95%CI) Distressed/worried about sex life 10.1% [8.7 – 11.8%] 13.3% [9.9 – 17.5%] 9.1% [6.9 – 11.9%] 13.3% [9.3 – 18.7%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:         
 NEETs with workers (ref)    1.50 (0.97–2.32)     
 NEETs with students (ref)    1.15 (1.01–1.23)     
 NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    1.39 (0.94–2.05)     
Health seeking behaviours
% (95%CI) Attended sexual health clinic, past year 22.4% [20.1 – 24.8%] 22.3% [17.8 – 27.6%] 24.8% [21.1 – 28.8%] 20.5% [15.7 – 26.3%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:         
 NEETs with workers (ref)    0.96 (0.62–1.48)     
 NEETs with students (ref)    0.67 (0.41–1.10)     
 NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    0.86 (0.57–1.31)     
% (95%CI) Blood test for HIV, past year 12.3% [10.7 – 14.2%] 17.5% [13.2 – 22.7%] 15.8% [12.9 – 19.3%] 9.2% [6.1 – 13.7%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:         
 NEETs with workers (ref)    1.18 (0.77–1.80)     
 NEETs with students (ref)    1.84 (1.13–3.02)     
 NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    1.46 (1.00–2.13)     
% (95%CI) Chlamydia test, past year 54.3% [51.5 – 57.0%] 57.2% [51.7 – 62.5%] 55.8% [51.5 – 60.1%] 52.6% [45.7 – 59.4%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:         
 NEETs with workers (ref)    1.10 (0.82–1.48)     
 NEETs with students (ref)    1.19 (0.85–1.67)     
 NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    1.21 (0.93–1.58)     
% (95%CI) Emergency contraception use, past year 6.8% [5.5 – 8.5%] 6.5% [4.1 – 10.2%] 5.7% [3.8 – 8.3%] 7.4% [4.7 – 11.6%]
AOR (95% CI), comparing:         
 NEETs with workers (ref)    1.20 (0.60–2.38)     
 NEETs with students (ref)    0.78 (0.41–1.47)     
 NEETs with workers and students (combined, ref)    1.00 (0.57–1.75)     
  1. Abbreviations: unwt, unweighted; wt, weighted
  2. % and 95% CIs are age standardised
  3. Age-adjusted odds ratio for reporting the responses in bold font (for those variables with > 2 response options) relative to workers, relative to students and relative to both workers and students combined
  4. a Opposite and/or same sex partners