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Table 1 Descriptive characteristics of the sample

From: Household item ownership and self-rated health: material and psychosocial explanations

  N (%)
  Hungary Poland
Poor self rated health Yes 239 (25%) Yes 153 (13%)
  No 734 (75%) No 985 (87%)
Household items* 0–4 180 (19%) 0–2 324 (28%)
  5–7 270 (28%) 3–4 385 (34%)
  8–10 226 (23%) 5–7 432 (38%)
  11–13 205 (21%)   
  14+ 92 (9%)   
Basic needs (1) 0–1 161 (17%) 0 280 (25%)
  2–3 378 (39%) 1 384 (34%)
  4–5 434 (45%) 2 477 (42%)
Socially oriented needs (2) 0–2 383 (39%) 0 50 (4%)
  3–5 483 (50%) 1 582 (51%)
  6–7 107 (11%) 2 509 (45%)
Luxury (3) 0–1 415 (43%) 0 339 (30%)
  2–4 512 (53%) 1 405 (36%)
  5–9 46 (5%) 2–3 397 (35%)
Sex Males 398 (41%) Males 490 (43%)
  Females 575 (59%) Females 651 (57%)
Age <30 193 (20%) <30 381 (33%)
  -40 153 (16%) -40 185 (16%)
  -50 178 (18%) -50 231 (20%)
  -60 159 (16%) -60 138 (12%)
  60+ 290 (30%) 60+ 206 (18%)
Education Primary 331 (34%) Primary 412 (36%)
  Vocational 276 (28%) Vocational 321 (28%)
  Secondary 255 (26%) Secondary 331 (29%)
  University 111 (11%) University 77 (7%)
Marital status Married 668 (69%) Married 793 (70%)
  Unmarried 305 (31%) Unmarried 348 (30%)
  Scale Mean (standard deviation) Scale Mean (standard deviation)
Deprivation 0 (low) – 10 (high) 1.85 (2.55) 0 (low) – 10 (high) 1.79 (2.45)
Control over own life 0 (low) – 5 (high) 2.75 (0.79) 0 (low) – 5 (high) 2.78 (0.70)
Control over own health 0 (low) – 5 (high) 3.41 (1.04) 0 (low) – 5 (high) 3.40 (0.99)
  1. * Hungary: 21 items; Poland: 7 items (1) Hungary: washing machine, fridge, freezer, microwave, phone; Poland: washing machine, phone (2) Hungary: colour TV, radio, hi-fi, record player, motorcycle, car, car radio; Poland: colour TV, car (3) Hungary: cable TV, satellite, video recorder, video camera, CD, PC, dishwasher, dacha, garden; Poland: cable TV, satellite, videorecorder
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