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Table 2 Descriptive statistics of SF-8 MCS within the PARC Study sample versus normative health scores

From: Individual factors and perceived community characteristics in relation to mental health and mental well-being

Variable N Sample Mean a (95 % CI) Min-Max Population Mean b,c t-test unpaired p-value (two tailed)
Total 1201 48.31 (47.74, 48.88) 13–65 49.2 0.001
Gender      
 Male 486 49.35 (48.46, 50.24) 17–65 50.6 0.003
 Female 715 47.61 (46.87, 48.35) 13–65 48.0 0.358
Age category      
 16–24 87 49.77 (47.63, 51.91) 18–61 46.4 0.004
 25–34 214 48.62 (47.23, 50.01) 13–65 47.4 0.000
 35–44 214 47.88 (46.56, 49.20) 19–65 49.1 0.079
 45–54 197 47.48 (46.02, 48.94) 15–62 49.2 0.019
 55–64 161 46.62 (44.92, 48.32) 18–63 51.1 0.000
 65–74 165 49.15 (47.70, 50.60) 21–64 52.3 0.000
 75 plus 163 49.54 (48.16, 50.92) 26–65 51.9 0.005
NIMDM 2010      
 1 -most deprived 215 45.61 (44.02, 47.20) 13–65 - -
 2 221 47.33 (45.94, 48.72) 15–65 - -
 3 94 46.84 (44.77, 48.90) 17–62 - -
 4 232 48.73 (47.47, 49.99) 15–63 - -
 5 - least deprived 439 50.23 (49.42, 51.03) 19–65 - -
  1. SF-8 MCS Short-Form 8 Health Survey Mental Composite Score, PARC Physical Activity and the Rejuvenation of Connswater, NIMDM Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measure [31]
  2. a Bold sample mean values denote statistically significant (p < 0.05) difference to the population mean by the unpaired t-test (two-tailed)
  3. b Population norms taken from Ware et al. [39]
  4. c Age group of 18–24 years in population data