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Table 1 The distribution (percentage) of explanatory variables by length of sickness absence among people with paid employment.

From: Sickness absence poses a threat to the Swedish Welfare State: a cross-sectional study of sickness absence and self-reported illness

   Length of sickness absence (days)
Explanatory variables Categories and levels 0–28 29–90 >90
Total   89.3 5.2 5.7
Sex Male 50.5 33.5 33.2
  Female 49.5 66.5 66.8
Age 25–34 27.4 28.3 15.4
  35–44 28.4 24.5 20.2
  45–54 28.2 28.6 34.5
  55–64 16.0 18.6 29.9
De facto marital status Living alone 24.2 24.5 26.6
  Married/cohabiting 75.8 75.5 73.4
Occupational status Unskilled manual workers 22.9 32.4 34.6
  Skilled manual workers 18.0 23.0 19.3
  Lower-level employees 15.5 14.1 15.0
  Middle-level employees and professionals 43.6 30.5 31.1
Employment Part-time 28.8 32.0 31.0
  Full-time 71.2 68.0 69.0
Housing Tenure Renting 28.8 32.0 31.0
  Owning 71.2 68.0 69.0
Quality of physical working environment Poor 23.4 35.7 37.9
  Good 76.6 64.3 62.1
Presence of Stress at work Yes 37.8 41.4 46.5
  No 62.2 58.6 53.5
Work-related social Support Poor 6.8 7.3 9.8
  Good 93.2 92.7 90.2
Number of persons in study sample _______ 19,858 1,147 1,276
Corresponding number of persons in Swedish population Estimated (N) 2,957,000 169,000 189,000