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Table 2 Composition of indices, weighting of contents and descriptive statistics

From: Work profiles of older employees in Germany-results from the lidA-cohort study

Index Scales/ items included (weighting factor) Descriptives
Physical exposure Proportion of working time: sitting (1); bending, kneeling/ lying/working above head (1); lifting heavy loads (1); repetitive movements (1) 50.0 (50.0)a
Working time quality Shift work (1); night shifts per month (1); having another job (1) 100.0 (33.3)a
Work intensity COPSOQ-Scale „quantitative demands – 4 items “(2); frequency of interruptions at work (1) 47.6 (25.5)b
Skills & discretion COPSOQ-Scale „influence at work – 3 items “(1); COPSOQ-Scale „possibilities for development – 3 items “(1) 50.8 (21.6)b
Social environment COPSOQ-Scale „support from colleagues – 2 items “(1); ERI item: receiving acknowledgment from colleagues (1) 69.7 (29.0)b
Quality of leadership COPSOQ-Scale „quality of leadership – 3 items “(3); ERI-item stress due to lack of recognition from superior (1) 61.1 (22.2)b
Continued education Participation in continued education in the last 12 months: 0 = no, 1 = yes .20c
Earnings Monthly equivalised household net income 16.2 (7.5)b
Prospects Open ended or fixed-term work contract (1); recent job cuts/dismissals in enterprise (1); risk of losing one’s job (1); promotion prospects (1); chances for occupational advancement (1) 60.0 (20.0)a
  1. Note. a = median and interquartile range are displayed for ordinal indices; b = mean and standard deviation are displayed for metric indices; c = proportion in the sample