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Table 4 Positive odds ratios (POR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) for variables related to good QOL. Results from logistic regression modelling of variables showing a bivariate correlation to QOL in unemployed and in the reference group

From: Inequalities of quality of life in unemployed young adults: A population-based questionnaire study

  Unemployed (n = 158) Reference group (n = 355)
Health-related variables POR a) CI POR a) CI
Dizziness: no 0.46 (0.12–1.75) 1.81 (0.75–4.37)
Anxiety: no 4.10 (1.21–13.96) 2.05 (0.80–5.28)
Difficulty in relaxing: no 1.20 (0.44–3.33) 1.15 (0.48–2.78)
Overweight: no 1.80 (0.70–4.64) 1.38 (0.53–3.57)
Lack of appetite: no 1.75 (0.55–5.61) 2.31 (0.84–6.34)
Loss of weight. no 1.56 (0.28–8.79) 0.96 (0.23–4.08)
Abdominal pain: no 0.16 (0.05–0.53) 1.00 (0.41–2.42)
Headache: no 1.77 (0.66–4.77) 1.02 (0.45–2.33)
Backache: no 0.68 (0.23–2.00) 2.08 (0.91–4.74)
Myalgia/arthralgia: no 1.34 (0.46–3.93) 0.37 (0.14–0.95)
Mental health index: low 1.20 (0.41–3.51) 2.70 (1.00–7.34)
Subjective health:     
   not good (reference category) 1.00   1.00  
   rather good 2.76 (0.88–8.64) 4.32 (1.76–10.60)
   good 11.46 (3.36–39.06) 11.91 (4.00–35.44)
  (n = 149)   (n = 341)  
Other variables     
Relations to friends: satisfied 1.19 (0.37–3.76) 1.22 (0.50–3.16)
Close contacts with persons outside home: yes 1.50 (0.32–7.05) 0.86 (0.23–3.23)
Social contacts outside home: >8 persons 0.66 (0.22–1.93) 1.33 (0.58–3.07)
Feeling lonesome: no 1.95 (0.67–5.66) 1.87 (0.76–4.57)
Support from parents, partner, any friend or any relatives: very good 0.58 (0.14–2.34) 0.77 (0.22–2.62)
Self-esteem index: low (high self-esteem) 4.22 (1.26–14.05) 2.31 (0.70–7.59)
Economy: satisfied 2.10 (0.71–6.19) 3.80 (1.68–8.57)
Spare time:     
   not satisfied (reference category) 1.00   1.00  
   neither satisfied nor dissatisfied 4.76 (0.91–24.91) 1.86 (0.65–5.33)
   satisfied 16.52 (3.03–90.12) 6.64 (2.27–19.43)
Dwelling: satisfied 1.51 (0.55–4.15) 1.70 (0.73–3.95)
Opportunities to make own decisions:     
   not good (reference category) 1.00   1.00  
   good 4.62 (1.47–14.61) 2.25 (0.88–5.78)
   very good 11.62 (2.67–50.67) 1.98 (0.66–5.99)
Married/cohabiting: no 2.54 (0.65–9.98) 0.98 (0.37–2.61)
Living with parents: no 1.63 (0.55–4.83) 1.54 (0.55–4.36)
  1. a) Positive Odds Ratios in bold when significant (p < 0.05).
  2. Variables not showing a bivariate relation to QOL and therefore not included in the logistic regression models were: sex, education, living alone, living with children, immigration, exhaustion and breathlessness. The variables numbness/pricking in arms and legs and living with someone else consisted of too few individuals, and were therefore excluded from the logistic regression model.