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Table 6 Mean SF-36 v.2 scale scores (standard error) by age groups, years of schooling and race/color. PDSD, 2008

From: Psychometric evaluation of the SF-36 (v.2) questionnaire in a probability sample of Brazilian households: results of the survey Pesquisa Dimensões Sociais das Desigualdades (PDSD), Brazil, 2008

   PF RP BP GH VT SF RE MH
   Mean (SE) Mean (SE) Mean (SE) Mean (SE) Mean (SE) Mean (SE) Mean (SE) Mean (SE)
Sex          
Male 5,255 48.4 (0.2) 49.3 (0.2) 54.2 (0.2) 50.9 (0.2) 58.8 (0.1) 51.1 (0.1) 48.8 (0.2) 52.0 (0.2)
Female 7,168 45.5 (0.2) 47.1 (0.1) 50.9 (0.1) 48.8 (0.1) 55.3 (0.1) 48.9 (0.1) 46.3 (0.2) 48.1 (0.1)
F adjusted for age   144.5 99.4 260.0 102.9 324.0 146.6 113.3 325.5
p value   <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01
RV   0.44 0.31 0.80 0.32 0.99 0.45 0.35 1.0
Age groups (years)
18-39 3,609 52.4 (0.2) 52.2 (0.2) 56.2 (0.2) 54.0 (0.2) 59.3 (0.2) 52.7 (0.2) 50.9 (0.2) 51.1 (0.2)
40-64 5,647 46.8 (0.2) 48.1 (0.1) 51.7 (0.1) 49.2 (0.1) 56.8 (0.1) 49.8 (0.1) 47.4 (0.2) 49.7 (0.2)
≥ 65 2,170 38.0 (0.3) 42.2 (0.2) 48.6 (0.2) 44.6 (0.2) 54.4 (0.2) 46.1 (0.2) 42.8 (0.3) 49.3 (0.2)
F adjusted for sex   911.0 525.2 344.8 518.8 141.9 296.2 285.1 21.9
p value   <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01
RV   1.00 0.58 0.38 0.57 0.16 0.33 0.31 0.02
Years of schooling
0 1,823 43.9 (0.3) 44.2 (0.3) 49.9 (0.3) 45.7 (0.3) 54.2 (0.3) 47.5 (0.2) 44.0 (0.3) 46.7 (0.3)
1-4 3,363 45.8 (0.2) 47.7 (0.2) 51.6 (0.2) 48.6 (0.2) 56.6 (0.2) 49.5 (0.2) 47.1 (0.2) 49.1 (0.2)
5-8 2,266 47.1 (0.3) 48.5 (0.2) 52.1 (0.2) 49.9 (0.2) 56.9 (0.2) 50.2 (0.2) 47.7 (0.3) 49.9 (0.2)
9-11 2,136 48.7 (0.3) 49.9 (0.2) 54.0 (0.2) 52.0 (0.2) 58.3 (0.2) 51.5 (0.2) 49.2 (0.3) 51.8 (0.3)
≥ 12 1,053 49.6 (0.4) 51.1 (0.3) 54.5 (0.3) 53.7 (0.3) 58.6 (0.3) 51.1 (0.3) 50.0 (0.4) 52.6 (0.4)
F adjusted for age   62.1 77.1 39.5 117.1 39.1 37.2 49.0 56.7
p value   <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01
RV   0.53 0.66 0.34 1.00 0.33 0.32 0.42 0.48
Race/color          
White 5,501 46.9 (0.2) 48.8 (0.1) 52.5 (0.1) 50.5 (0.1) 57.0 (0.1) 50.1 (0.1) 47.9 (0.2) 50.0 (0.2)
Brown 4,360 46.5 (0.2) 47.5 (0.2) 52.1 (0.2) 49.0 (0.2) 57.0 (0.2) 49.8 (0.1) 47.1 (0.2) 49.6 (0.2)
Black 1,248 46.2 (0.3) 47.5 (0.3) 52.3 (0.3) 48.7 (0.3) 56.3 (0.3) 49.4 (0.3) 47.1 (0.3) 49.6 (0.30
F adjusted for age   1.8 19.5 1.5 29.8 1.7 3.6 5.6 1.2
p value   0.16 <0.01 0.21 <0.01 0.17 0.03 <0.01 0.30
RV   0.06 0.65 0.05 1.00 0.06 0.12 0.19 0.04
  1. PF - physical functioning, RP - role physical, BP - Bodily pain, GH- general health, VT - vitality, SF- social functioning, RE- role emotional, MH - mental health.