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Table 1 Characteristics for the study population (n = 620)

From: Is unemployment in young adulthood related to self-rated health later in life? Results from the Northern Swedish cohort

  Employed (n = 522) Unemployed (n = 98)
Self-rated health 2007* n % n %
Poor 159 30% 43 44%
Good 363 70% 55 56%
Self-rated health 1995
Poor 100 19% 25 26%
Good 422 81% 73 74%
Education level 1995a
Secondary education 209 40% 46 47%
Upper secondary education 90 17% 22 22%
University 223 43% 30 31%
Marital status 1995
Married 396 76% 72 73%
Single 126 24% 26 27%
Occupation 1995
Blue-collar 202 39% 44 45%
Low white-collar 85 16% 18 18%
Medium–high white-collar 235 45% 36 37%
Gender
Man 289 55% 49 50%
Woman 233 45% 49 50%
Availability of Social Integration (AVSI) 1995
Low 166 32% 37 38%
High 356 68% 61 62%
Availability of Attachment (AVAT) 1995
Low 248 48% 51 52%
High 274 52% 47 48%
Cash margin 1995*
Access 441 84% 73 74%
No access 81 16% 25 26%
Smoking 1995*
Not smoking 388 74% 61 62%
Smoking ≤ 10 cigarettes 88 17% 25 26%
Smoking > 10 cigarettes 46 9% 12 12%
Alcohol intake 1995
Low 270 52% 43 44%
High 252 48% 55 56%
Body mass index 1995
Normal 339 65% 54 55%
Overweight 154 30% 37 38%
Obese 29 6% 7 7%
  1. * Significance at 5% level using χ2-test
  2. a Secondary education corresponds to at most 2-years of secondary education, and upper-secondary education corresponds to 3–4 years of secondary education
  3. Note: Self-reported health is presented for both 1995 and 2007, and other variables are presented only for 1995