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Table 1 Sample distribution and prevalencea of bullying and sexual abuse according to sociodemographic variables among individuals aged ≥20 years in South Australia, 2015 (unweighted N = 2873)

From: Bullying and sexual abuse and their association with harmful behaviours, antidepressant use and health-related quality of life in adulthood: a population-based study in South Australia

Variables % Bullying (ever) % Sexual abuse (ever) %
Overall   45.6 10.4
Sex
 Male 49.3 44.8 3.6***
 Female 50.7 46.4 17.1
Age
 20–34 years 27.1 52.8*** 9.6
 35–49 years 24.7 50.8 12.1
 50–64 years 26.1 47.4 12.1
 65–79 years 17.0 31.8 9.3
 80+ years 5.2 19.4 2.9
Marital status
 Single/divorced/widowed 33.0 49.2* 14.4***
 Married/living with a partner 67.1 43.8 8.6
Residence area
 Urban 74.7 45.0 10.5
 Rural 25.3 47.3 10.1
Socioeconomic position (quartiles)b
 High 27.8 45.1 12.2
 Middle-high 22.2 41.2 9.5
 Middle-low 25.0 48.9 8.8
 Low 25.0 46.6 10.9
Educational level
 Bachelor or higher 25.7 48.2* 9.2***
 Certificate/diploma 28.3 48.8 12.9
 Trade qualification 13.3 44.2 6.7
 Secondary 24.0 42.3 10.8
 Less than secondary 8.7 36.9 6.9
Working status
 Employed full-time 37.4 47.1* 11.1*
 Employed part-time 20.5 47.7 9.9
 Not working 19.6 49.6 13.9
 Retired 22.5 36.5 7.1
Dwelling
 Owned 70.2 44.4 9.1**
 Rented 23.6 47.8 12.9
 Community/government housing 6.1 50.0 16.1
  1. The weighting of data can lead to rounding effects and totals that do not add up to 100%
  2. aPrevalence of bullying and sexual abuse adjusted for sex and age
  3. bBased on the Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas Index of Relative Socio-economic Advantage and Disadvantaged (SEIFA-IRSAD)
  4. *p < 0.05; **p < 0.01; ***p < 0.001 (chi-square test)