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Table 2 Prevalence (%) of high psychological distress 1 by age and sex reported in surveys of Tasmanian and Australian employees

From: Prevalence and correlates of psychological distress in a large and diverse public sector workforce: baseline results from Partnering Healthy@Work

  Men%(N2) Women%(N)
Age group (years) PH@W 20103 H@W 20094 TPHS 20095 NSMHWB 20076 PH@W 2010 H@W 2009 TPHS 2009 NSMHWB 2007
16 - 24 18.7 (16) 23.7 (131) 7.1 (84) 6.2 (512) 16.7 (64) 23.7 (329) 11.1 (80) 11.7 (564)
25 - 34 7.4 (103) 17.3 (394) 6.7 (177) 9.1 (467) 16.4 (337) 22.7 (1001) 9.8 (256) 14.8 (544)
35 - 44 11.8 (222) 17.0 (695) 7.4 (323) 6.5 (687) 13.2 (551) 18.1 (1329) 11.4 (471) 10.7 (674)
45 - 54 11.5 (373) 15.6 (801) 7.8 (392) 8.8 (483) 10.3 (956) 16.1 (1871) 10.1 (586) 10.8 (555)
55 - 64 7.1 (219) 12.0 (417) 7.5 (278) 4.2 (396) 6.7 (477) 14.8 (856) 10.1 (353) 7.7 (379)
65+ 0.0 (15) 20.0 (25) 2.5 (80) 3.4 (153) 3.8 (27) 11.4 (35) 9.4 (52) 7.6 (85)
Total 10.2 (948) 16.1 (2463) 7.1 (1334) 6.8 (2698) 11.6 (2412) 18.0 (5421) 10.4 (1798) 11.2 (2801)
p 7 ref <0.001 0.013 0.002 ref <0.001 0.217 0.651
  1. 1Prevalence was measured using the K10 and dichotomized as ‘high’ versus ‘low’ distress with K10 scores ≥22 being rated as ‘high’.
  2. 2N, total number of respondents by category.
  3. 3Partnering Healthy@Work 2010, researcher-initiated survey of Tasmanian State Service employees (weighted).
  4. 4Healthy@Work survey 2009, employer-initiated survey of Tasmanian State Service employees (unweighted).
  5. 5Tasmanian Population Health Survey 2009, population normative data of Tasmanian workers (weighted).
  6. 6National Survey of Mental Health and Well-Being 2007, population normative data of Australian workers (weighted).
  7. 7p-value for the differences between total prevalence of psychological distress in the survey, relative to PH@W 2010.