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Table 2 Description of sample (all results weighted to reflect sampling methodology) and of variables included in the Social Vulnerability Index

From: Social vulnerability from a social ecology perspective: a cohort study of older adults from the National Population Health Survey of Canada

Variable Mean (95% CI) or %
Age 73.4 (73.0-73.7)
Gender (female) 57%
Frailty index 0.11 (0.10-0.11)
Education  
 Less than secondary school graduation 54.1%
 Secondary school graduation 12.8%
 Some post-secondary 16.3%
 Post-secondary graduation 16.9%
Frequency of group engagement 0.68 (0.66-0.71)
No group engagement 0.58 (0.56-0.61)
Attending religious services 0.46 (0.44-0.49)
Physical leisure activities 0.67 (0.65-0.68)
EA income 0.56 (0.54-0.58)
EA education 0.52 (0.50-0.54)
EA inequality 0.49 (0.48-0.51)
EA unemployment 0.51 (0.49-0.52)
Support: advice 0.11 (0.09-0.13)
Support: help in a crisis 0.05 (0.04-0.06)
Support: someone to confide in 0.17 (0.15-0.19)
Support: someone to make you feel loved 0.03 (0.02-0.04)
Frequency of contact with relatives 0.15 (0.14-0.16)
Lives alone 0.31 (0.29-0.33)
Marital status 0.41 (0.39-0.43)
Worth equal to others 0.15 (0.14-0.16)
Positive attitude towards self 0.17 (0.16-0.17)
Too much expected of you by others 0.13 (0.12-0.15)
Want to move but cannot 0.10 (0.09-0.12)
Not enough money to buy the things you need 0.18 (0.16-0.20)
Little control over things that happen 0.37 (0.36-0.39)
How often have people let you down 0.25 (0.24-0.26)
Noisy/polluted neighbourhood 0.06 (0.05-0.08)
Frequency of contact with neighbours 0.29 (0.27-0.31)
EA caregiving for seniors 0.48 (0.46-0.50)
Frequency of contact with friends 0.26 (0.25-0.28)
Ability to speak English or French 0.04 (0.03-0.05)
  1. EA = Enumeration Area.