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Table 3 Descriptive Characteristics of the Study Population by Country of Birth (%) and Prevalence of Outcomes (%): SALLS, 1994–2001, Age 25–84

From: Mental health of immigrants from the former Soviet Bloc: a future problem for primary health care in the enlarged European Union? A cross-sectional study

   Country of birth
Variable Level Sweden Eastern Europe The former Soviet Union
    Poland Other  
Sample size N 35,459 161 164 60
Age, mean Years 50.4 47.0 48.8 50.3
Sex Female 51.1 68.9 52.4 58.3
  Male 48.9 31.1 47.6 41.7
Marital status Married/Cohabiting 70.8 72.7 70.7 65.0
  Single 29.2 27.3 29.3 35.0
Social network Good 81.4 78.9 78.1 65.0
  Poor 18.5 21.1 21.9 35.0
Occupation status White-collar worker 32.4 40.4 34.2 40.0
  Lower white-collar worker 14.4 9.3 11.0 10.0
  Self-employed worker 10.4 5.0 8.5 5.0
  Student 2.8 5.6 6.1 8.3
  Blue-collar worker 40.0 39.7 40.2 36.7
Housing tenure Ownership 71.0 51.6 51.2 48.3
  Renting 29.0 48.4 48.8 51.7
Smoking No 80.2 70.2 77.4 76.7
  Yes 19.8 29.8 22.6 23.3
Language at home Swedish - 60.9 57.9 60.0
  Other - 39.1 42.1 40.0
Years in Sweden > 20 - 53.4 59.8 48.3
  11–19 - 32.3 21.3 15.0
  6–10 - 11.2 15.2 20.0
  1–5   3.1 3.7 16.7
Year of immigration to Sweden 1945–49 - 4.4 5.5 26.7
  1950–59 - 6.8 22.0 8.3
  1960–69 - 15.5 20.1 6.7
  1970–79 - 34.2 14.6 10.0
  1980–89 - 32.3 28.7 15.0
  1990–99 - 6.8 9.1 33.3
Self-reported psychiatric illness Prevalence (binomial confidence interval) 17.8 34.8 32.9 21.7
   (17.4–18.2) (27.5–42.7) (25.8–40.7) (12.1–34.2)
Psychosomatic complaints Prevalence (binomial confidence interval) 42.0 (41.5–42.5) 64.6 (56.7–72.0) 51.8 (43.9–59.7) 46.7 (33.7–60.0)
  1. Abbreviations: SALLS, Swedish Annual Level of Living Survey
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