Table 2

Pre-SCI characteristics of longitudinal study participants (n=118)

Pre-injury characteristicsn (%)
Socio-demographic
 Educational qualifications
  None34 (30)
  School22 (19)
  Post-secondary school58 (51)
  Missing 4
 Paid employment
  ≥30 h per week91 (77)
  <30 h per week6 (5)
  Not in paid employment21 (18)
 Income (NZD$1000s)
  ≤3019 (24)
  >30≤5024 (30)
  >50≤8017 (21)
  >8020 (25)
  Missing 38
 Standard of living
  High30 (26)
  Fairly high30 (26)
  Medium45 (40)
  Fairly low7 (6)
  Low2 (2)
  Missing 4
General health, disability and behaviour
 General health
  Excellent47 (40)
  Very good42 (36)
  Good20 (17)
  Fair8 (7)
  Poor1 (1)
 EQ-5D health status (any problems)
  Mobility12 (10)
  Self-care3 (3)
  Usual activities8 (7)
  Pain or discomfort22 (19)
  Anxiety or depression14 (12)
  (Cognition)11 (9)
 Depressive episode in past year
  Yes24 (20)
  No94 (80)
 Prior disability
  Yes16 (14)
  No102 (86)
 Cigarette smoking
  Current32 (27)
  Past32 (27)
  No53 (45)
  Missing 1 (1)
 Alcohol use (AUDIT-C)*
  Low use49 (42)
  Moderate use41 (35)
  High use28 (24)
 Illicit substance use
  Yes31 (26)
  No87 (74)
  • * Low use = scores 0–4 (men) and 0–3 (women); moderate use = scores 5–7 (men) and 4–6 (women); high use = 8–12 (men) and 7–12 (women).