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Table 2 No morbidity, longstanding limiting physical illness only, poor mental health only or both at each agea

From: The emergence of health inequalities in early adulthood: evidence on timing and mechanisms from a West of Scotland cohort

  Age 15 Age 18 Age 24b Age 30 Age 36
  N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%)
Neither 974 (69.6) 716 (54.0) 287 (43.9) 391 (49.1) 453 (49.0)
LL physical illness only 79 (5.6) 72 (5.4) 57 (8.7) 80 (10.0) 105 (11.4)
Poor mental health only 295 (21.1) 462 (34.9) 242 (37.0) 247 (31.0) 243 (26.3)
Both 51 (3.6) 75 (5.7) 68 (10.4) 79 (9.9) 124 (13.4)
  1. aAnalysis requires valid data on both longstanding limiting physical illness and poor mental health, thus numbers do not exactly tally with those in Table 1.
  2. bLevels of missingness on poor mental health are high at age 24 because a portion of the sample only received a postal questionnaire that did not include the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) instrument.