Table 2

Description of study population in 1998 stratified on answers to sense of coherence questions

SOC-7*
<7 items
N=51
1st quartile
N=181
2nd–4th quartiles
N=541
Total
N=773
N (%)N (%)N (%)N (%)
Age, mean (SD)14 (0.8)13.9 (0.7)13.9 (0.7)13.9 (0.7)
Gender
 Boys30 (59)†56 (31)‡266 (49)352 (46)
Form
 7th24 (47) 75 (41)234 (43)333 (43)
Living
 Rural26 (51) 87 (48)255 (47)368 (48)
 With mum and dad36 (78)132 (73)420 (78)588 (77)
Siblings
 0–237 (84) 121 (72)‡415 (82)573 (80)
Spare time
 Practise sport34 (77)122 (70)396 (76)552 (75)
 Have work28 (65)109 (64)301 (59)438 (60)
Health
 Healthy§39 (89) 131 (80)‡444 (87)614 (86)
Well-being
 Good everyday life¶43 (96)168 (93) 540 (100)751 (98)
 Enough time**41 (89)155 (86)‡515 (96)711 (93)
 Feel rested††29 (67)90 (51)‡350 (65)469 (62)
 Have a good friend‡‡42 (93)†170 (96)‡529 (99)741 (98)
Parents (N=682)
 Satisfied with life§§44 (96)147 (94)454 (95)645 (95)
  • *SOC-7; sense of coherence. Seven of the SOC-13 items were used in 1998 (item 1, 4–6, 8–9 and 13).

  • †Significant when compared with those who answered all seven SOC items, p<0.05.

  • ‡Significant when compared with the 2nd–4th SOC quartile, p<0.05.

  • §Question: ‘Do you see yourself as a completely healthy person?’

  • ¶Question: ‘Are you well in everyday life?’

  • **Question: ‘Do you have time to do the things you want to do on a daily basis?’

  • ††Question: ‘Do you get enough sleep to feel rested?’

  • ‡‡Question: ‘Do you mostly have a good friend?’

  • §§Question: ‘Are you satisfied with your life?’

  • N, number.