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Survey Results Analysis

More than 2600 people responded to the Relationships Australia online survey in October.  Around four‑fifths of survey respondents (81%) identified as female.

As was the case for last month’s survey, more females than males responded in every age group (figure 1).  More than eighty-five per cent of survey respondents were aged between 20‑59 years, with the highest number of responses collected for women aged between 30-39 years (inclusive).

 

 

The demographic profile of survey respondents remains consistent with our experience of the people that would be accessing the Relationships Australia website.

More than fifty per cent of survey respondents indicated that they were married or living with someone in a relationship.  One-sixth indicated that had never married and a further one-sixth of survey respondents were separated or divorced.

Three-quarters of men and women survey respondents reported that they would be comfortable talking to their partner about mental health problems (figure 2).  Around one-sixth (16%) were not sure whether they would be comfortable, and a further ten per cent indicated they would not be comfortable.

 

 

People were less certain when asked whether they would start or continue an intimate relationship with someone experiencing mental health problems.  Fifty per cent of survey respondents indicated they would start or continue an intimate relationship with someone experiencing mental health problems; however, almost forty per cent (38%) indicated they were unsure.  A further 11 per cent indicated they would not start or continue an intimate relationship with someone experiencing mental health problems (figure 3).

 

 

 

Not surprisingly, men and women who were married or living in a relationship with someone were more likely to report that they would be comfortable talking to their partner about their mental health problems that people who reported they were single or divorced/separated.

 

 

Men and women who were separated/divorced (53%) or married (61%) were the least likely to indicate that they would start or continue an intimate relationship with someone experiencing mental health problems (figure 4).  In contrast, just under two-thirds (60%) of survey respondents who indicated they had never married but were living with someone in a relationship were the most likely to report they would start or continue an intimate relationship with someone experiencing mental health problems.

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