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Table 1 Characteristics of participating primary care patients reporting different stress levels, 1 and of the total population

From: Prevalence of perceived stress and associations to symptoms of exhaustion, depression and anxiety in a working age population seeking primary care - an observational study

Study variable Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Total
  n = 242 n = 153 n = 192 n = 587
  n % n % n % n %
Gender         
Women 140 58 99 65 138 72 377 64
Men 102 42 54 35 54 28 210 36
Age         
18-24 years 26 11 20 13 25 13 71 12
25-39 years 80 33 51 33 70 36 201 34
40-65 years 136 56 82 54 97 51 315 54
Marital status         
Married/cohabiting 179 74 103 67 110 58 392 67
Single 60 25 47 31 79 41 186 32
Living with parents 2 1 3 2 2 1 7 1
Employment         
Employed 179 74 107 70 121 63 407 69
Student 21 9 17 11 25 13 63 11
Unemployed 6 2 6 4 17 9 29 5
Other2 36 15 23 15 29 15 88 15
  1. 1Levels of stress were measured using the following question from the QPS Nordic instrument: “Stress means a situation in which a person feels tense, restless, nervous or anxious or is unable to sleep at night because his/her mind is constantly troubled. Do you feel this kind of stress these days?” “Not at all” and “only a little = level 1, “to some extent” = level 2, “rather much” and “very much” = level 3.
  2. 2On parental leave, disability pension, sick leave, early retirement or being self-employed.