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Table 3 Mean Impact Scores of Undesirable Events by LES Categories by Occasion [Mean impact score (SD)]

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

Category (No. items) Occasion 1 N = 381 Occasion 2 N = 235 Occasion 3 N = 221 Occasion 4 N = 192
Health (9) 1.41 (1.63) 1.05 (1.49) .92 (1.45) .88 (1.43)
Work (15) 1.31 (1.66) 1.29 (1.58) .96 (1.50) 1.03 (1.50)
Residence (4) .50 (1.23) .28 (.91) .16 (.70) .21 (.86)
Love & Marriage (13) 1.30 (1.67) .96 (1.52) .75 (1.41) .69 (1.37)
Family & Friends (8) 1.75 (1.76)a 1.65 (1.73)a 1.32 (1.72)a 1.36 (1.74)a
Personal & Social (12) 1.49 (1.64) 1.28 (1.52) 1.12 (1.49) 1.21 (1.56)
Financial (5) 1.20 (1.66) .77 (1.38) .77 (1.44) .70 (1.36)
Crime & Legal Matters (6) .96 (1.41) .86 (1.41) .66 (1.27) .63 (1.21)
Parenting (5) .90 (1.45) .59 (1.20) .42 (1.08) .36 (1.00)
  1. An average impact score was calculated by dividing the total of impact ratings by the number of women who reported the items to give the average impact score
  2. a Depicts the highest impact score per occasion