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Table 5 Mean SF-36 Scale and Component Summary Scores, by measures of demographic and socio-economic circumstances. The F statistic associated with each comparison is indicated, together with minimum number of respondents in each cell (in brackets).

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

  PCS MCS PF RP BP GH VT SF RE MH
Gender           
Male (5817) 49.49 50.45 83.84 80.23 74.96 69.51 62.63 82.21 83.46 74.61
Female (6503) 48.97 49.15 81.18 77.90 72.84 69.57 58.85 80.09 80.22 72.25
F(1,475) 8.19 53.82 44.89 14.56 24.03 0.03 121.39 27.94 30.55 62.19
  ** *** *** *** *** ns *** *** *** ***
Age           
18–25 (2135) 53.23 48.26 91.75 88.48 80.26 73.38 62.53 82.65 83.09 71.64
26–39 (3535) 52.16 48.88 89.17 86.40 78.71 73.85 60.97 82.50 83.91 72.80
40–55 (3676) 49.56 49.99 84.28 80.82 73.70 69.49 60.86 81.71 83.35 73.74
56–65 (1452) 44.47 51.51 72.87 69.27 66.23 63.72 60.87 79.87 80.42 74.44
66–75 (992) 41.70 52.92 65.10 61.29 64.59 62.26 59.47 79.61 78.90 76.14
75+ (530) 35.85 51.31 49.49 39.71 57.64 55.57 53.21 70.22 62.76 75.01
F(5,451) 324.72 29.94 302.04 210.84 96.79 85.05 15.69 17.57 25.92 8.15
  *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Marital status           
Married/de facto (7928) 48.85 50.73 82.36 79.15 73.68 69.62 61.08 82.97 83.74 74.93
Divorced/separated (1013) 47.01 47.50 77.23 71.74 67.25 65.87 57.02 72.82 73.94 69.29
F(1.475) 18.74 59.43 29.33 28.06 31.20 19.39 25.41 94.83 52.03 60.11
  *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Educational attainment           
Yr 12 or above (7975) 50.29 49.92 85.59 81.92 75.86 71.22 61.46 82.40 83.43 74.17
Yr 11 or less (4041) 47.15 49.56 76.64 73.48 70.22 66.32 59.31 78.82 78.74 72.00
F(1.475) 159.19 2.48 235.31 112.92 95.55 102.68 24.48 42.39 40.34 28.45
  *** ns *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Employment status           
Employed (7741) 51.77 50.25 89.04 87.14 78.54 73.40 62.57 85.13 86.53 74.87
Unemployed (520) 51.22 47.08 85.07 82.37 76.28 70.67 62.85 77.57 76.39 68.72
F(1.471) 1.58 36.90 17.16 10.00 3.69 6.47 0.10 46.04 36.74 44.94
  ns *** *** ** ns * ns *** *** ***
Housing status           
Own/mortgage (9281) 49.12 50.43 82.58 78.86 74.20 69.99 61.16 82.54 83.10 74.48
Rent (3039) 49.53 47.97 82.24 79.63 73.01 68.26 59.46 77.15 78.18 70.38
F(1.475) 1.77 92.54 0.20 0.75 2.79 6.35 11.43 72.65 36.32 81.86
  ns *** ns ns ns * *** *** *** ***
Receipt of welfare payments (working age respondents)           
Non-recipients (8373) 51.75 50.16 88.93 86.86 78.45 73.25 62.73 84.87 86.09 74.66
Welfare recipients (2091) 46.57 46.16 76.22 68.35 66.22 62.71 55.48 70.35 71.10 66.50
F(1,473) 259.15 174.85 305.32 300.00 223.36 274.19 147.06 431.71 241.05 221.56
  *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
  1. Degrees of freedom for F statistics based on number of clusters (primary sampling units) and number of strata
  2. * p < .05, ** p < .01, *** p < .001