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Table 1 Distribution of men and women aged 60-79 in 1991 by marital, socio-demographic and health characteristics used in the analysis, 1991 and 2001.

From: Marital history, health and mortality among older men and women in England and Wales

   1991   2001
  Men Women Men Women
Age: mean (SD) 67.98 (5.43) 68.76 (5.58) 76.42 (4.85) 77.52 (5.21)
Marital status/history 1971-91/1971-2001     
1st marriage -long term (pre 1971) 68.68 47.87 60.68 31.46
1st marriage since 1971 0.86 0.42 0.98 0.30
All in 1 st marriage 69.54 48.29 61.66 32.40
Remarried - long term (pre 1971) 5.53 2.44 3.95 1.26
Remarried since 1971, previously widowed 2.18 1.47 2.72 1.59
Remarried since 1971, previously divorced 2.48 2.57 2.20 1.46
All remarried 10.19 6.48 8.87 3.60
Widowed- long term (pre 1971) 0.79 5.16 0.46 4.03
Widowed- intermediate (1971-81/1971-91a) 2.20 10.21 6.61 26.04
Widowed- recent (post 1981/91b) 7.69 19.41 13.16 23.89
All widowed 10.68 34.78 20.23 54.29
Divorced- long term (pre 1971) 0.57 1.25 0.43 1.03
Divorced- intermediate (1971-81/post 1971c) 1.74 2.08 3.41 3.07
Divorced- recent (post 1981) 1.00 0.79   
All divorced 3.41 4.12 3.84 3.75
Never-married 6.17 6.34 5.40 5.87
Socio-economic indicators     
Educational qualification (1971) 13.73 8.25 16.07 9.22
Tenure/car score 1971-91, mean (SD) 5.85 (3.22) 5.31 (3.32) 6.32 (3.04) 5.68 (3.26)
Social class score 1971-81, mean (SD) 3.94 (1.45) -- 4.11 (1.40) --
Owner occupier (2001)    73.57 65.48
Has long-term illness 34.97 31.85 52.09 55.97
N 33,686 41,341 17,997 26,541
  1. a1971-81 in analysis of 1991-2001 mortality and 1991 long-term illness; 1971-91 in 2001 analysis.
  2. b 1981-91 in analysis of 1991-2001 mortality and 1991 long-term illness; 1991-2001 in 2001 analysis.
  3. c 1971-81 in analysis of 1991-2001 mortality and 1991 long-term illness; post 1971 in 2001 analysis