Table 3

Predictors of a mental health diagnosis OR (CI)

VariableMental health diagnoses of mothers of children born 1990–1995 (n=270 736)Mental health diagnoses of fathers of children born 1990–1995 (n=253 632)Mental health diagnoses of mothers of children born 2000–2005 (n=160 201)Mental health diagnoses of fathers of children born 2000–2005 (n=154 614)
Parent of child with a DD versus
parent of child without a DD
1.792 (1.713 to 1.874)1.527 (1.455 to 1.603)2.143 (2.0248 to 2.265)1.634 (1.539 to 1.736)
Parent’s age at birth of the child1.013 (1.011 to 1.014)1.012 (1.010 to 1.013)0.996 (0.994 to 0.997)N.S.
Sex of the child
(female vs male)
N.S.N.S.N.S.N.S.
Number of children in the family0.433 (0.409 to 0.458)0.627 (0.602 to 0.652)0.964 (0.939 to 0.989)N.S.
Income quintile
 Lowest versus highest1.057 (1.032 to 1.084)1.130 (1.101 to 1.160)0.993 (0.962 to 1.026)1.106 (1.066 to 1.148)
 Second versus highest1.039 (1.014 to 1.065)1.093 (1.066 to 1.122)1.005 (0.973 to 1.038)1.111 (1.072 to 1.152)
 Third versus highest1.023 (0.998 to 1.048)1.072 (1.045 to 1.099)1.037 (1.004 to 1.071)1.087 (1.049 to 1.128)
 Fourth versus highest1.044 (1.019 to 1.070)1.055 (1.029 to 1.083)1.047 (1.013 to 1.082)1.016 (0.980 to 1.054)
Receipt of an MSP subsidy versus no subsidy0.878 (0.861 to 0.895)N.S.N.S.1.115 (1.079 to 1.153)
Health authority
 Interior versus Vancouver Coastal1.568 (1.530 to 1.608)1.411 (1.375 to 1.449)1.399 (1.352 to 1.448)1.319 (1.269 to 1.370)
 Fraser versus Vancouver Coastal1.507 (1.477 to 1.537)1.452 (1.421 to 1.483)1.328 (1.294 to 1.363)1.377 (1.337 to 1.418)
 Island versus Vancouver Coastal1.821 (1.777 to 1.868)1.587 (1.546 to 1.630)1.677 (1.622 to 1.734)1.468 (1.414 to 1.525)
 Northern versus Vancouver Coastal1.187 (1.150 to 1.225)1.081 (1.045 to 1.119)0.905 (0.863 to 0.949)0.842 (0.796 to 0.890)
  • DD, developmental disability; MSP, Medical Services Plan; N.S., not significant.