Table 2

Random variance components by level for neighbourhoods, postcode sectors and boroughs, regarding four health outcomes, age and gender adjusted and additionally adjusted for individual SES2-150: effects for the three geographical classifications, separate (a), and mutually adjusted (b)

Poor self rated health Physical symptoms Mental symptoms Long term limitations
a: separate effects (2 level models)
Age and gender adjusted
Neighbourhoods
Area level random variance(SE) 0.0743 0.0265 0.0591 0.0214 0.0493 0.0202 0.0966 0.0339
Individual level random variance(SE) 0.9913 0.0201 0.9913 0.0197 0.9926 0.0202 0.9618 0.0193
Postcode sectors
Area level random variance(SE) 0.0676 0.0252 0.0581 0.0211 0.0391 0.0178 0.0589 0.0263
Individual level random variance(SE) 0.9930 0.0201 0.9918 0.0197 0.9943 0.0202 0.9771 0.0196
Boroughs
Area level random variance(SE) 0.0525 0.0237 0.0328 0.0162 0.0263 0.0145 0.0579 0.0272
Individual level random variance(SE) 0.9970 0.0202 0.9965 0.0198 0.9969 0.0202 0.9733 0.0195
Age, gender and SES2-150 adjusted
Neighbourhoods
Area level random variance(SE) 0.0364 0.0200 0.0233 0.0150 0.0268 0.0162 0.0497 0.0256
Individual level random variance(SE) 0.9847 0.0200 0.9862 0.0196 0.9939 0.0203 0.9359 0.0188
Postcode sectors
Area level random variance(SE) 0.0298 0.0180 0.0214 0.0140 0.0201 0.0142 0.0296 0.0205
Individual level random variance(SE) 0.9865 0.0200 0.9868 0.0196 0.9954 0.0202 0.9403 0.0189
Boroughs
Area level random variance(SE) 0.0183 0.0133 0.0128 0.0102 0.0099 0.0095 0.0211 0.0159
Individual level random variance(SE) 0.9888 0.0200 0.9885 0.0195 0.9970 0.0202 0.9428 0.0189
b: mutually adjusted effects (cross classified 4 level models)
Age and gender adjusted
PS level random variance(SE) 0 0 0.0182 0.0205 0 0 0 0
Borough level random variance(SE) 0.0362 0.0236 0.0179 0.0173 0.0140 0.0156 0.0222 0.0253
Neighbourhood level random var.(SE) 0.0371 0.0239 0.0197 0.0213 0.0347 0.0212 0.0705 0.0349
Individual level random variance(SE) 0.9949 0.0202 0.9923 0.0198 0.9937 0.0202 0.9652 0.0192
Age, gender and SES2-150 adjusted
PS level random variance(SE) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Borough level random variance(SE) 0.0070 0.0147 0.0079 0.0114 0.0009 0.0111 0.0070 0.0184
Neighbourhood level random var.(SE) 0.0303 0.0229 0.0146 0.0162 0.0261 0.0194 0.0428 0.0295
Individual level random variance(SE) 0.9861 0.0200 0.9866 0.0196 0.9944 0.0202 0.9382 0.0188
  • 2-150 Individual socioeconomic status; this concerned: income in five levels (<1400; 1400–1900; 1900–2750; 2750–4000; >4000 Dutch guilders net per month; all categories subsequently split into two on the basis of the number of persons which depend on it (1v 2 and over); 1 Dutch guilder = 0.45 Euro); present occupation in five levels following the schema of Erikson, Goldthorpe and Portocarero (I/II, professionals/managers; III, routine non-manual workers; IV, proprietors, including farmers; V/VI, skilled manual workers; VII, semi/unskilled manual workers)52; if no job: unemployed and looking for work, student, long term disabled, housekeeping, and retired; highest degree earned in four levels: primary school, lower secondary school, higher secondary school, post-secondary education.