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Table 4 Relationship between socio-demographic characteristics and self-reported contact with professional and non-professional sources of support to discuss own mental health within the last 12 months (n = 1,319)

From: Help-seeking for mental health problems by employees in the Australian Mining Industry

Socio-demographic characteristic Subgroup N (%) Professional service contact Non-professional contact
N (%) AOR (99 % CI) N (%) AOR (99 % CI)
Age (years)
  < 24 102 (7.7) 23 (22.5)   54 (52.9)  
 25–34 413 (31.3) 94 (22.8) 1.22 (0.57, 2.63) 200 (48.4) 0.83 (0.44, 1.58)
 35–44 407 (30.9) 100 (24.6) 1.35 (0.60, 3.02) 166 (40.8) 0.66 (0.33, 1.30)
 45–54 298 (22.6) 68 (22.8) 1.05 (0.46, 2.41) 95 (31.9) 0.40 (0.20, 0.82)**
 55+ 92 (7.0) 19 (20.7) 1.03 (0.37, 2.83) 27 (29.3) 0.39 (0.16, 0.93)*
Gender
 Male 1144 (86.7) 228 (19.9)   435 (38.0)  
 Female 168 (12.7) 75 (44.6) 3.25 (1.98, 5.36)** 106 (63.1) 2.48 (1.53, 4.02)**
Education
 Year 10 or less 252 (19.1) 74 (29.4)   90 (35.7)  
 Year 12 158 (12.0) 39 (24.7) 0.79 (0.42, 1.49) 52 (32.9) 0.66 (0.37, 1.19)
 Trade 480 (36.4) 85 (17.7) 0.59 (0.36, 0.98)* 190 (39.6) 1.13 (0.73, 1.75)
 Cert/diploma 227 (17.2) 58 (25.6) 0.75 (0.42, 1.31) 106 (46.7) 1.41 (0.85, 2.34)
 Uni/higher degree 196 (14.9) 50 (25.5) 0.68 (0.37, 1.26) 104 (53.1) 1.45 (0.85, 2.50)
Marital Status
 Married/de facto 1043 (79.1) 225 (21.6)   407 (39.0)  
 Single 189 (14.3) 45 (23.8) 0.97 (0.53, 1.77) 95 (50.3) 1.07 (0.63, 1.82)
 Divorced/separated/widowed 78 (5.9) 34 (43.6) 2.32 (1.17, 4.60)** 40 (51.3) 1.73 (0.89, 3.34)
Dependent Children
 No 540 (40.9) 128 (23.7)   244 (45.2)  
 Yes 779 (59.1) 180 (23.1) 1.16 (0.75, 1.78) 301 (38.6) 1.01 (0.70, 1.75)
Social Network Index
 Low 155 (11.8) 45 (29.0)   72 (46.5)  
 Medium 512 (38.8) 130 (25.4) 1.04 (0.59, 1.83) 227 (44.3) 1.02 (0.62, 1.68)
 Medium-High 474 (35.9) 99 (20.9) 0.84 (0.46, 1.54) 190 (40.1) 0.95 (0.56, 1.62)
 High 154 (11.7) 24 (15.6) 0.54 (0.24, 1.21) 46 (29.9) 0.57 (0.34, 1.10)
  1. Note: Based on a series of hierarchical logistic regressions, in which all socio-demographic variables were entered simultaneously at step 1 (Table 4), followed by PSNI at step 2 (Table 5) and workplace and employment factors at step 3 (Additional file 2: Table S6): * p < 0.01; **p < 0.001. Only participants with a complete set of socio-demographic and workplace characteristics were included. AOR adjusted odds ratio, CI confidence interval