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Table 5 Socio-demographic characteristics of the study population in 1996 and 2002

From: Healthy life expectancy and the correlates of self-rated health in Bangladesh in 1996 and 2002

  1996   2002  
Variables N (1525) Percentage N (1500) Percentage
Age groups     
15-24 278 18.23 267 17.80
25-34 523 34.30 602 40.13
35-44 383 25.11 380 25.33
45+ 341 22.36 251 16.73
Sex     
Male 847 55.54 829 55.27
Female 678 44.46 671 44.73
Educational level     
Illiterate 155 10.16 190 12.67
Literate 1368 89.70 1297 86.47
Missing 2 0.13 13 0.87
Marital status     
Married 1141 74.82 1180 78.67
Others 384 25.18 320 21.33
Religion     
Non-Muslim 219 14.36 122 8.13
Muslim 1306 85.64 1378 91.87
Religiosity     
Non-religious 237 15.54 43 2.87
Religious 1240 81.31 1331 88.73
Missing 48 3.15 126 8.40
Individual’s class     
Lower 325 21.31 412 27.47
Middle 771 50.56 663 44.20
Upper 394 25.84 405 27.00
Missing 35 2.30 20 1.33
Family’s economic situation in past year     
Saved money 346 22.69 443 29.53
Got by 514 33.70 830 55.33
Spent savings 160 10.49 131 8.73
Spent savings & borrowed 147 9.64 84 5.60
Missing 358 23.48 12 0.80
Linking social capital     
No 750 49.18 529 35.27
Yes 775 50.82 971 64.73
Self-rated health     
Good health 714 46.82 874 58.27
Average health 685 44.92 552 36.80
Poor health 126 8.26 71 4.73
Missing - - 3 0.20
  Mean SD Mean SD
Age (in years) 35.45 12.28 33.96 11.52
Years of schooling 4.82 2.16 4.70 2.64
HH status in income scale 4.48 2.10 4.68 1.83
Financial satisfaction 6.07 2.35 5.57 2.23
Control over life 6.32 2.68 5.65 2.27
Current political situation 6.84 2.14 5.32 2.39
Life satisfaction 6.41 2.25 5.78 2.18
  1. Notes: SD: standard deviation; HH: household.