Table 1

Characteristics of the study sample (N=800)

NPer cent
Birth year (age)
 1914 (54 years)8911.1
 1918 (50 years)29136.4
 1922 (46 years)30938.6
 1930 (38 years)11113.9
Education*
 Compulsory60075.0
 More than compulsory20025.0
Socioeconomic status*
 Upper middle16120.2
 Lower middle26733.4
 Skilled workers20926.1
 Unskilled workers16320.4
Marital status*
 Married63879.8
 Cohabited (not married)9411.7
 Living alone (not married)688.5
Work status*
 Full-time work27033.8
 Part-time work25832.3
 No work outside home27234.0
 Hypertension†14418.0
 Coronary heart disease†749.3
 Diabetes mellitus†243.0
 Stroke†50.5
 Smoking†34142.6
 Wine consumption†24630.8
 High waist-to-hip ratio†21026.3
  • *Measured in 1968.

  • †Measured in 1968, 1974 and 1980.