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Table 4 Agreement between quantitative and qualitative responses to the age left school and job done for most of working life questions

From: Validity of two simple measures for estimating life-course socio-economic position in cross-sectional postal survey data in an older population: results from the North Staffordshire Osteoarthritis Project (NorStOP)

  Age left school Job done for most of working life No. years in job done for most of working life
Respondents giving information in Health Questionnaire* and interview** n (%) 21 22 17
Male 10/21 (47.6) 11/22 (50.0) 9/17 (52.9)
Female 11/21 (52.4) 11/22 (50.0) 8/17 (47.1)
50–59 8/21 (38.1) 10/22 (45.5) 5/17 (29.4)
60–69 8/21 (38.1) 7/22 (31.8) 7/17 (41.2)
70+ 5/21 (23.8) 5/22 (22.7) 5/17 (29.4)
Complete agreement n (%) 14/21 (66.7) 20/22 (90.9) 2/17 (11.8)
Agreement ± 1 year n (%) 4/21 (19.0) n/a 3/17 (17.6)
Agreement ± 2 years n (%) n/a n/a 2/17 (11.8)
Longest job ≥ 29 years* and interview comment that always done job/job done for most of life** n (%) n/a n/a 7/17 (41.2)
  1. *Quantitative data from postal survey Health Questionnaire.
  2. **Qualitative data from qualitative interview study (n = 27).
  3. n/a – variable not applicable to the data.