Table 4

Characteristics of risky young women* relative to other young women

All other young womenRisky young women*† 
Unweighted, weighted denominators1971, 1120169, 86
Mean (SD) age at interview20.1 (2.6)20.0 (2.3)
Per cent95% CIPer cent95% CIOR‡95% CIp Value
Sociodemographics
Ethnic group0.0019
 White81.4(79.0 to 83.6)93.7(88.8 to 96.6)1.00
 Black5.0(4.0 to 6.3)0.6(0.1 to 4.4)0.11(0.01 to 0.79)
 Other13.5(11.5 to 15.9)5.6(3.0 to 10.5)0.36(0.18 to 0.72)
Religion important and attendance regular0.0243
 No90.8(88.9 to 92.4)96.8(92.0 to 98.8)1.00
 Yes9.2(7.6 to 11.1)3.2(1.2 to 8.0)0.32(0.12 to 0.86)
Index of Multiple Deprivation quintiles120.7809
 1–2 (least deprived)34.0(31.5 to 36.6)34.4(26.3 to 43.5)1.00
 320.6(18.3 to 23.1)18.1(12.4 to 25.7)0.87(0.52 to 1.45)
 4–5 (most deprived)45.4(42.7 to 48.1)47.4(38.6 to 56.5)1.03(0.68 to 1.57)
Educational attainment§0.0400
 Left school aged 17+ years80.6(78.5 to 82.5)73.7(65.9 to 80.3)1.00
 Left at age 16 years; some qualifications15.1(13.3 to 17.0)17.8(12.1 to 25.4)1.29(0.81 to 2.06)
 Left at age 16 years; no qualifications4.4(3.5 to 5.5)8.5(4.9 to 14.3)2.14(1.14 to 4.02)
Lived with both natural parents to age 14 years0.0898
 Yes65.8(63.5 to 68.1)59.0(51.1 to 66.4)1.00
 No34.2(31.9 to 36.5)41.0(33.6 to 48.9)1.34(0.96 to 1.87)
Sexual behaviour
Had sex before age 16 years<0.0001
 No72.8(70.5 to 75.0)39.8(31.8 to 48.3)1.00
 Yes27.2(25.0 to 29.5)60.2(51.7 to 68.2)4.05(2.83 to 5.79)
Where met most recent partner0.0027
 Other86.8(84.8 to 88.5)77.8(70.3 to 83.8)1.00
 Pub/bar/club/on holiday13.2(11.5 to 15.2)22.2(16.2 to 29.7)1.88(1.25 to 2.83)
Foreign sex partners abroad, past 5 years0.0002
 No90.9(89.2 to 92.3)80.0(71.7 to 86.4)1.00
 Yes9.1(7.7 to 10.8)20.0(13.6 to 28.3)2.49(1.54 to 4.01)
Health
Smoking status<0.0001
 Never smoked64.0(61.6 to 66.3)28.4(21.2 to 37.0)1.00
 Ex-smoker9.0(7.7 to 10.4)7.8(4.4 to 13.4)1.95(0.97 to 3.91)
 Current smoker27.0(24.9 to 29.3)63.8(55.2 to 71.7)5.32(3.55 to 7.99)
Current depression (PHQ-2)150.0005
 No86.7(85.0 to 88.3)75.8(67.9 to 82.3)1.00
 Yes13.3(11.7 to 15.0)24.2(17.7 to 32.1)2.08(1.38 to 3.15)
Per cent95% CIPer cent95% CIOR‡95% CIp Value
Attitudes
People are under pressure to have sex0.4790
 No25.3(23.1 to 27.7)28.0(21.3 to 35.8)1.00
 Yes74.7(72.3 to 76.9)72.0(64.2 to 78.7)0.87(0.60 to 1.27)
Sex without love OK<0.0001
 No55.7(53.1 to 58.2)28.4(21.5 to 36.6)1.00
 Yes44.3(41.8 to 46.9)71.6(63.4 to 78.5)3.17(2.16 to 4.63)
One-night stands OK<0.0001
 No84.5(82.5 to 86.2)67.2(59.0 to 74.5)1.00
 Yes15.5(13.8 to 17.5)32.8(25.5 to 41.0)2.65(1.82 to 3.86)
At personal STI risk<0.0001
 No94.0(92.6 to 95.2)79.3(70.6 to 86.0)1.00
 Yes6.0(4.8 to 7.4)20.7(14.0 to 29.4)4.12(2.50 to 6.79)
  • *Young women reporting (1) binge drinking at least once a week, drug use in the past 4 weeks, or both, as well as (2) non-condom use at first sex with 1+ new partner(s) in the last year.

  • †The denominator for the drug use variable informing this composite measure is all 16–24-year-old women reporting ever having had some sexual experience.

  • ‡ORs are crude (unadjusted) ORs.

  • §The denominator for this variable is all those aged ≥17 years.

  • PHQ-2, Patient Health Questionnaire-2; STI, sexually transmitted infection.