ESS: How is your health in general?

In European Social Survey, the following question is asked:

How is your health in general? Would you say it is …

Caterogical answers were given, such as: 5 – Very good, 4 – Good, 3 – Fair, 2-Bad, 1 – Very bad. Mean score value was calculated from the answers and tabulated according to gender and marital status, as seen below, with the comparison of year 2002, 2004 and 2006:

Gender Marital Status 2002 2004 2006
Male: Married – 3.82 3.75 3.71
Separated   3.93 3.72 3.67
Divorced   3.72 3.67 3.68
Widowed   3.26 3.21 3.21
Never married   4.15 4.12 4.08
Overall average 3.90 3.84 3.79
Female Married   3.78 3.71 3.67
Separated   3.82 3.76 3.59
Divorced   3.70 3.57 3.58
Widowed   3.18 3.08 2.98
Never married   4.06 4.05 3.99
Overall average 3.76 3.70 3.63
Total  3.83 3.76 3.70

MeThink: well, overall everyone thinks that their general health is deteroriating. More observations:
– generally, male is feeling slightly better in health as compared to female.
– for both gender, the rank goes from: never married > separated > married > divorced > widowed.

Source:
1. European Social Survey

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