Table 1

Relationship between life satisfaction and demographic, economic, health and behavioural factors stratified by deprivation tertile
Tertile Level Deprived Middle Affluent P2
Mental wellbeing n Low Moderate High P n Low Moderate High P n Low Moderate High P
All 5280 21.0 60.8 18.1 5589 17.4 61.4 21.2 4342 12.8 64.6 22.6 ***
Age 18-24 473 16.7 67.2 16.1 *** 375 14.7 63.2 22.1 *** 176 10.8 65.3 23.9 0.191 0.052
25-39 1271 20.1 58.1 21.8 1050 13.2 62.4 24.4 630 14.0 60.3 25.7 ***
40-54 1180 24.3 58.8 16.9 1170 19.1 60.9 20.0 912 11.7 65.9 22.4 ***
55-64 804 21.9 60.9 17.2 935 19.3 57.5 23.2 814 12.7 63.3 24.1 ***
65 plus 1552 20.2 62.5 17.3 2059 18.2 62.6 19.2 1810 13.1 66.1 20.8 ***
Gender Female 3160 20.8 61.1 18.1 0.821 3335 17.3 61.8 20.9 0.741 2689 13.6 63.8 22.6 0.109 ***
Male 2120 21.4 60.3 18.3 2254 17.6 60.8 21.7 1653 11.4 66.0 22.6 ***
Employment Employed 1562 14.1 62.4 23.4 *** 2099 13.6 62.5 23.9 *** 1687 9.8 64.9 25.3 *** **
Unemployed 1134 33.2 53.2 13.7 651 29.0 56.4 14.6 272 23.5 58.8 17.6 *
FT Education 111 16.2 60.4 23.4 97 10.3 58.8 30.9 45 6.7 60.0 33.3 0.346
Domestic/other 628 18.3 64.3 17.4 363 19.3 60.9 19.8 230 16.1 63.0 20.9 0.615
Retired 1845 20.7 63.0 16.4 2379 17.6 62.0 20.5 2108 13.5 65.5 21.0 ***
Partner status No Partner 2466 25.5 59.9 14.5 *** 2162 23.0 59.1 17.9 *** 1346 18.0 62.8 19.2 *** ***
Partner employed 1244 14.4 62.6 23.0 1755 12.3 62.7 25.0 1562 9.7 65.4 24.9 **
Partner not employed 1570 19.2 60.8 20.0 1672 15.5 62.9 21.6 1434 11.2 65.6 23.2 ***
Ethnicity White 4665 22.1 60.7 17.2 *** 5353 17.4 61.6 20.9 0.106 4212 12.8 64.6 22.5 0.750 ***
South Asian 427 12.2 59.0 28.8 162 16.0 54.3 29.6 90 8.9 64.4 26.7 0.436
Black, mixed, other 188 15.4 68.1 16.5 74 17.6 58.1 24.3 40 12.5 67.5 20.0 0.554
Health status Very good 1175 8.7 60.8 30.6 *** 1433 7.8 57.6 34.6 *** 1297 5.9 64.2 29.9 *** **
Good 1890 16.4 66.3 17.2 2170 14.6 66.0 19.4 1751 10.5 65.7 23.8 ***
Fair 1455 26.7 59.1 14.2 1423 24.0 61.3 14.7 1010 20.8 64.4 14.9 *
Bad 599 38.6 53.1 8.3 450 34.7 54.2 11.1 231 27.3 62.8 10.0 *
Very bad 161 49.7 40.4 9.9 113 41.6 48.7 9.7 53 39.6 54.7 5.7 0.351
Smoking status Never smoked 2158 19.6 60.8 19.6 *** 2658 17.2 60.5 22.2 *** 2449 12.0 63.0 25.0 *** ***
Ex occasional 257 18.3 68.1 13.6 267 22.1 62.2 15.7 191 13.1 71.2 15.7 0.142
Ex daily 794 17.6 64.4 18.0 1138 13.8 67.0 19.2 872 11.0 68.9 20.1 **
Occasional 131 16.8 60.3 22.9 140 17.1 58.6 24.3 95 15.8 71.6 12.6 0.206
Daily 1940 24.7 58.5 16.8 1386 19.8 58.4 21.7 735 16.9 62.4 20.7 ***
Exercise days/week 6 to 7 941 12.0 56.7 31.2 *** 1290 10.4 57.4 32.2 *** 965 8.9 56.1 35.0 *** 0.145
3 to 5 1138 14.6 65.1 20.3 1388 12.2 63.0 24.9 1103 8.2 66.1 25.7 ***
1 to 2 785 20.9 63.7 15.4 965 17.8 66.5 15.6 842 13.8 68.8 17.5 **
None 2416 27.6 59.4 12.9 1946 25.6 60.3 14.1 1432 18.3 66.9 14.8 ***
Alcohol consumption category Lower risk 1433 16.8 63.4 19.7 *** 2051 13.0 63.8 23.2 *** 1890 10.6 66.6 22.8 ** ***
Abstainer 2884 22.2 59.8 17.9 2435 19.7 59.2 21.1 1662 14.9 62.3 22.8 ***
Not usual drinker 395 21.0 60.3 18.7 467 22.3 62.7 15.0 301 15.9 60.8 23.3 *
Increasing risk 417 23.7 61.4 14.9 518 18.5 60.8 20.7 418 10.5 69.1 20.3 ***
Higher risk 151 31.1 54.3 14.6 118 22.0 60.2 17.8 71 18.3 57.7 23.9 0.152

P2 = probability relating to comparison between tertiles within each variable category. P *** <0.001; ** < 0.01; * < 0.05. n = number; FT = Full Time.

Bellis et al.

Bellis et al. BMC Public Health 2012 12:492   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-492

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