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Table 2 Baseline Demographics, Vulnerabilities and Rural modifiers of all those Employed: Farmers, Farm residents (employed elsewhere) and Other rural workers

From: The health and wellbeing of Australian farmers: a longitudinal cohort study

  Other rural workers Farm Residentsa Farmersb
N 850 253 181
Age (mean, SD) 47.6 (11.5) 47.0 (12.0) 52.8 (12.6)**
Gender Female (n, %) 495 (58.2 ) 167 (66.0)* 68 (37.6)**
Married/defacto (n, %) 628 (74.0) 207 (81.8)** 155 (86.6)**
Completed High school (n, %) 667 (81.2) 201 (81.3) 128 (74.4)*
Financial Hardship (n, %) 181 (27.3) 66 (29.8) 47 (36.4)*
Years Rural (mean, SD) 35.66 (16.2) 34.27 (16.52) 44.21 (15.94)**
ARIA+ (mean, SD) 4.25 (3.35) 3.96 (2.76) 6.12 (3.61)**
SEIFA (mean, SD) 945.6 (34.5) 934.5 (36.83)** 921.69 (30.45)**
Vulnerabilities
 Number of Adverse Life Events (mean, SD) 1.52 (1.53) 1.49 (1.48) 1.67 (1.64)
 Neuroticism (mean, SD) 2.08 (1.92) 1.93 (1.74) 1.91 (1.78)
 Community and Personal Support (mean, SD) −0.06 (0.67) 0.10 (0.63)** 0.06 (0.65)*
Rural Modifying factors
 Drought stress (mean, SD) 1.20 (0.40) 1.40 (0.49)** 1.65 (0.48)**
 Infrastructure and Services Perception (mean, SD) 2.40 (0.95) 2.43 (0.93) 2.71 (0.95)**
 Sense of Place (mean, SD) 34.35 (6.19) 36.89 (6.15)** 38.27 (6.91)**
  1. aFarm residents (employed elsewhere) compared with Other rural workers
  2. bFarmers compared to Other rural workers
  3. *p ≤ 0.05, **p ≤ 0.01