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Table 1 Demographic Characteristics of Participants Providing Data for the Life Events Scale for Four Occasions

From: Undesirable stressful life events, impact, and correlates during midlife: observations from the Seattle midlife women’s health study

Characteristic Occasion 1 N = 380 Occasion 2 N = 233 Occasion 3 N = 220 Occasion 4 N = 191
Mean (SD) Mean (SD) Mean (SD) Mean (SD)
Age 42 (5) 44 (5) 47 (4) 50 (4)
Years of Education 16 (3) 16 (3) 16 (3) 16 (3)
Gross Family Income 35,740 (15,440) No Data 40,920 (15,042) 43,580 (14,478)
Currently Employed 86% 97% 89% 90%
Race/Ethnicity
 African American 12% 8% 7% 7%
 Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 9% 9% 9%
 White 76% 81% 84% 84%
 Latina 1% 1.5% 1% 0
 Mixed/Native Amer 3% 1.5% 0 0
Marital Status
 Never married/partnered 6% 6% 6% 4%
 Married/partnered 71% 65% 68% 65%
 Divorced/separated 22% 28% 25% 30%
 Widowed 2% 1% 2% 1%
If a parent?
 Yes 75% 67% 70% 68%
 No 25% 33% 30% 32%
Menopausal Transition
 Stage (MTS), % (N)
  Late Reproduction (LR) 70% (N = 142) 58% (100) 43% (66) 38% (47)
  Early Transition (ET) 22% (45) 33% (57) 37% (57) 25% (31)
  Late Transition (LT) 5% (11) 5% (8) 13% (20) 22% (27)
  Post Menopause (PM) 2% (4) 4% (7) 7% (10) 16% (20)