Table 1

Distribution of baseline demographic, socioeconomic and mental health characteristics for people who acquired a disability and those with no disability for a randomly selected imputed dataset

Categorical variablesNo disability (n=5419)Disability (n=233)
n%n%
Sex
 Men260748.111750.2
 Women281251.911649.8
Country of birth
 Australia411676.018177.7
 Other130324.15222.3
Parent occupation
 High skilled81215.04318.5
 Medium skilled181733.58034.3
 Low skilled/not in the labour force279051.511047.2
Education
 Higher education190635.24619.7
 Secondary education261148.212051.5
 Less than secondary90216.76728.8
Employment status
 Employed469886.718679.8
 Unemployed/not in the labour force72113.34720.2
Occupation
 High skilled211939.16527.9
 Medium skilled178032.97733.1
 Low skilled79914.74418.9
 Unemployed/not in the labour force72113.34720.2
Wealth
 Highest tertile208838.58436.1
 Middle tertile199836.98436.1
 Lowest tertile133324.66527.9
Financial hardship
 Prosperous/very comfortable97818.12611.2
 Reasonably comfortable295954.612252.4
 Just getting along/poor/very poor148227.48536.5
Housing tenure
 Outright owner117321.76126.2
 Mortgage263848.710243.8
 Renter160829.77030.0
Housing affordability
 Affordable498392.020688.4
 Not affordable4368.12711.6
Relationship status
 In a relationship428079.018579.4
 Not in a relationship113921.04820.6
Children
 Yes147927.35322.8
 No394072.718077.3
Smoking status
 Never292954.19942.5
 Ex141426.17331.3
 Current107619.96126.2
Alcohol consumption
 Never64311.93113.3
 Rarely182433.79641.2
 1–2 days per week126223.34418.9
 >2 days per week169131.26226.6
Physical activity
 >3 times per week182833.77030.0
 1–3 times per week231642.79038.6
 Less than once per week127523.57331.3
Continuous variablesMeanSDMeanSD
Age43.910.148.39.6
Weekly income ($A)984.9612.6827.0519.5
Social support5.61.05.21.1
Frequency of socialising4.41.43.91.6
BMI (kg/m2)26.55.028.25.5
Mental health at baseline77.314.270.218.7
  • BMI, body mass index.