Table 1

Univariate associations with NEET status among young adults seeking help for mental health problems (n=679)

NEET
n=130 (19%)
Non-NEET
n=549 (81%)
OR (95% CI)p Value
n (%)n (%)
Sydney75 (58%)314 (57%)1.02 (0.69 to 1.50)0.92
Age 20–25 years77 (59%)206 (30%)2.42 (1.64 to 3.57)0.000
Male62 (48%)159 (29%)2.24 (1.51 to 3.31)0.000
Immigrant background58 (45%)233 (42%)1.09 (0.74 to 1.61)0.65
Indigenous background6 (5%)22 (4%)1.16 (0.46 to 2.92)0.75
Criminal charges26 (20%)44 (8%)2.85 (1.68 to 4.83)0.000
Postsecondary education22 (17%)107 (19%)0.84 (0.51 to 1.39)0.50
Economic hardship54 (42%)172 (31%)2.15 (1.37 to 3.39)0.001
Perceived discrimination29 (22%)88 (16%)1.94 (1.11 to 3.38)0.02
Alcohol risk30 (23%)100 (18%)1.37 (0.86 to 2.17)0.19
Tobacco risk74 (57%)262 (48%)1.46 (0.99 to 2.16)0.05
Cannabis risk50 (38%)139 (25%)1.94 (1.29 to 2.90)0.001
Child onset disorder27 (21%)62 (11%)2.06 (1.24 to 3.40)0.01
Clinical stage 2+35 (27%)56 (10%)3.20 (1.99 to 5.16)0.000
M (SD)M (SD)MD (95% CI)p Value
Anxiety score11.35 (6.16)9.81 (5.87)1.54 (0.41 to 2.68)0.01
Depression score12.62 (5.56)9.89 (5.10)2.72 (1.73 to 3.72)0.000
Self-rated disability16.19 (9.94)12.55 (9.12)3.65 (1.86 to 5.43)0.000
SOFAS56.14 (10.40)67.67 (10.80)−11.53 (−13.59 to −9.48)0.000
  • Bold=p<0.003.

  • NEET, Not in Education, Employment or Training; SOFAS, Social and Occupational Functioning Assessment Scale (range 0–100).