Table 1

Characteristics of the analytic sample, baseline and final contributed wave (persons=18 420)

CharacteristicObservations at baseline wavePer centMean MCSObservations at final wavePer centMean MCS
Age in years
 29 or under784142.5747.80607532.9847.60
 30–44584131.7148.25534729.0348.30
 45–59391321.2449.91514727.9449.49
 60 and over8254.4853.42185110.0552.80
Gender
 Male930650.5249.76930650.5249.80
 Female911449.4847.50911449.4847.89
Household structure
 Couple without dependents770341.8248.97668236.2849.00
 Couple with dependents615633.4249.52687837.3449.84
 Lone204411.147.20273114.8347.66
 Group/multihousehold12436.7547.489855.3547.45
 Lone with dependents12746.9245.8611446.2145.90
Occupational skill level
 Low600632.6148.43495326.8948.26
 Medium697137.8448.45724939.3548.67
 High544329.5549.13621833.7649.54
Usual hours worked
 34 or under781142.448.03699037.9548.15
 35–40557630.2748.87638334.6549.10
 41–48219611.9249.28212311.5349.54
 49–5917219.3449.2218279.9249.47
 60 and over11166.0649.6710975.9649.55
Employment arrangement
 Permanent871547.3148.92993953.9649.12
 Casual/labour hire582431.6247.86427423.247.68
 Fixed term contract13107.1148.2414137.6748.93
 Self-employed257113.9649.69279415.1749.66
  • MCS, Mental Component Summary.