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Table 1 Sample characteristics at start of study (1990–1991) of the eligible and ineligible women in the mixed effects modeling analyses of depressed mood severity

From: Depressed mood during the menopausal transition: is it reproductive aging or is it life?

Characteristic Eligible Women Ineligible Women p value*
(n = 291) (n = 217)
Mean (SD) Mean (SD)
Age (years) 41.5 (4.3) 42.0 (5.0) 0.18
Years of education 15.9 (2.8) 15.3 (3.0) 0.03
Family income ($) 38,200 (15,000) 35,200 (17,600) 0.04
BMI wt kg/ht. m2) 25.3 (5.4) 27.1 (7.2) 0.002
Exercise (min/week) 187.8 (286.9) 179.0 (368.5) 0.76
Characteristic N (Percent) N (Percent) p value**
Currently employed    0.42
 Yes 254 (87.3) 184 (84.8)  
 No 37 (12.7) 33 (15.2)
Race/ethnicity    0.001
 African American 20 (6.9) 38 (17.5)  
 Asian /Pacific Islander 27 (9.3) 16 (7.4)
 White 238 (81.8) 153 (70.5)
 Other (Hispanic, Mixed) 6 (2.1) 10 (4.6)
Marital Status    0.20
 Married/partnered 278 (71.1) 141 (65.0)  
 Divorced/widowed/not partnered 63 (21.7) 62 (28.6)
 Never married/partnered 21 (7.2) 14 (6.5)
Alcohol Use    0.001
 Yes 264 174  
 No 26 42
  1. *Independent t-test
  2. **Chi-square test