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Table 1 Sample Characteristics at Start of Study (1990–1991) for the Eligible and Ineligible Women in the Challenges of Midlife Women from the SMWHS

From: The challenges of midlife women: themes from the Seattle midlife Women’s health study

Characteristic Eligible
N = 81
Ineligible
N = 427
p valuea
  Mean (SD) Mean (SD)  
Age (years) 39.3 (3.0) 42.2 (4.7) <.0001
Years of Education 16.6 (2.7) 15.5 (2.9) <.0017
Gross Family Income 38, 320 (14,782) 35, 460 (15,258) = .1210
Characteristic % (N) % (N) p valueb
Currently Employed 86% 86.3% = .9428
Race/Ethnicity % (N)
 African American 3.6% (3) 13% (55) = .0152
 Asian/Pacific Islander 8.3% (7) 8.5% (36) = .9528
 White 88.1% (74) 74.8% (317) = .0093
 Other (Latina/Hispanic, Mixed/NativeAmerican)   3.8% = .0749
Marital status % (N)
 Never married/partnered 6% (5) 7.1(30) = .7211
 Married/partnered 76.2% (64) 67.0% (284) = .1028
 Divorced/separated 16.7% (14) 24.1% (102) = .1469
 Widowed 1.2% (1) 1.9% (8) = .6634
Ever a parent?
 Yes 60.7% 72.9% 0.0268
 No 26.2% 27.1% 0.8673
  1. aindependent t-test
  2. bChi-square test