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Table 2 Descriptive statistics for SF-36 scales.

From: The validity of the SF-36 in an Australian National Household Survey: demonstrating the applicability of the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey to examination of health inequalities

SF-36 scale1 No. of items Mean Median Range SD Skewness Kurtosis Floor (%) Ceiling (%)
PF 10 83.19 95.00 0–100 23.11 -1.70 2.10 0.5 33.8
RP 4 79.11 100.00 0–100 35.58 -1.42 0.40 12.4 68.8
BP 2 74.30 84.00 0–100 25.19 -0.81 -0.20 0.9 32.9
GH 5 70.02 72.00 0–100 21.14 -0.80 0.16 0.2 6.1
VT 4 60.87 65.00 0–100 19.84 -0.59 -0.01 0.4 1.1
SF 2 81.96 87.50 0–100 23.55 -1.29 0.86 0.6 49.4
RE 3 82.13 100.00 0–100 33.08 -1.64 1.16 9.9 73.3
MH 5 73.92 76.00 0–100 17.42 -0.98 0.88 0.1 3.3
PCS 21 49.17 52.55 3.61–71.87 10.33 -1.19 0.86 0.0 0.0
MCS 14 49.92 52.74 4.45–73.94 9.95 -1.18 1.24 0.0 0.0
  1. 1 PF = Physical Functioning; RP = Role Physical; BP = Bodily Pain; GH = General Health; VT = Vitality; SF = Social Functioning; RE = Role Emotional; MH = Mental Health; PCS = Physical Component Summary; MCS = Mental Component Summary.