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Table 1 The description of variables

From: The effect of religious belief on Chinese elderly health

VariablesDescription
Dependent variables
 SRHSelf-rated health, very healthy = 1/ relatively healthy = 2/ healthy = 3/ fair = 4/ unhealthy = 5
 CESDIt includes 20 kinds of feelings and behaviors, every kind of feelings and behaviors have been divided into 0 (barely) to 3 (always) point
Independent variables
 Religious beliefBuddhism/Taoism/Protestant/Catholicism/Islam = 1; Otherwise = 0
Control variables
 AgeThe age of the respondent
 GenderFemale = 0; Male = 1
 Marital statusMarried or cohabitation = 1; Single, divorced or widowed = 0
 EthnicityHan ethnicity = 1; Ethnic minorities = 0
 Baseline healthThe self-rated health of respondents in 2012
 Family sizeThe number of family members
 Household registrationUrban = 1; Rural = 0
Educational level
 IlliterateIlliterate = 1, others = 0
 Primary schoolPrimary school = 1, others = 0
 Junior middle schoolJunior middle school = 1, others = 0
 Senior middle schoolSenior middle school = 1, others = 0
 College and aboveCollege and above = 1, others = 0
 The average household incomeThe log of per capita net income of the household
 Medical insuranceOne of free medical insurance, urban employee basic medical insurance, urban resident basic medical insurance, supplementary medical insurance or new cooperative medical scheme = 1; Otherwise = 0
 WaterThe source of drinking water is from tap water/mineral water/purified water/filtered water = 1; otherwise = 0
 TimeThe time of the fastest way to the nearest medical point (Unit, minute)
Region
 EasternEastern = 1, others = 0
 CentralCentral = 1, others = 0
 WesternWestern = 1, others = 0