Table 1

Characteristics of Heterosexual and Gay/Lesbian Samples1

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)


* Difference between weighted percents significant at p < .05 by Rao-Scott chi-square test.

Gruskin and Gordon BMC Public Health 2006 6:241   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-6-241

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