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Table 5 Number of Women (And Percent of Total for each Occasion) Reporting Individual LES Items and Undesirable (U) Impact Scores (Mean, SD) for each Occasion

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

Item Occasion 1 (% of total) U Occasion 2 U Occasion 3 U Occasion 4 U
1. Health subscale N = 381   N = 235   N = 221   N = 192  
A. major personal illness or injury 83 (22%) 3.33 (.83) 36 (15%) 3.5 (.72) 43 (20%) 3.5 (.76) 31 (16%) 3.25 (.74)
B. major change in eating habits 111 (29%) 4.0 (.00) 56 (24%) 3.0 (1.00) 46 (21%) 4.00 (ND) 38 (20%) 4.00 (ND)
C. major change in sleeping habits 89 (23%) 3.8 (.45) 32 (14%) 3.4 (.55) 45 (20%) 3.0 (ND) 32 (17%) 2.0 (ND)
D. major change in usual type and/or amount of recreation 94 (25%) 4.0 (0.00) 56 (24%) 3.5 (.71) 42 (19%) 3.5 (.71) 29 (15%) 3.0 (ND)
E. major dental work 65 (17%) 3.0 (ND) 72 (31%) 4.0 (ND) 24 (11%) 3.0 (ND) 17 (9%) 4.0 (ND)
F. major difficulty with birth control pills or devices 12 (3%) 4.0 (ND) 3 (1%) 4.0 (ND) 5 (2%) 2.0 (ND) 4 (2%) 3.0 (ND)
 g. Pregnancy 21 (6%) 4.0 (ND) 7 (3%) ND 2 (1%) ND 0 (0%) ND
 h. miscarriage or abortion 8 (2%) 3.0 (ND) 4 (2%) 4.0 (ND) 0(0%) ND 0(0%) ND
 i. started menopause 47 (12%) 3.0 (ND) 26 (11%) 4.0 (ND) 31 (14%) 4.0 (ND) 35 (18%) 4.0 (ND)
2. Work
 a. had difficulty finding a job 36 (9%) 4.0 (ND) 27 (12%) 4.0 (ND) 13 (6%) 3.0 (ND) 8 (4%) 4.0 (ND)
 b. begun work outside the home 62 (16%) 4.0 (ND) 15 (6%) 3.0 (ND) 15 (7%) 4.0 (ND) 8 (4%) 4.0 (ND)
 c. changed job setting, but continued the same kind of work 97 (26%) 4.0 (ND) 47 (20%) 2.0 (ND) 37 (17%) 3.0 (ND) 43 (22%) 3.0 (ND)
 d. changed to a new type of work 72 (19%) 4.0 (ND) 35 (15%) 4.0 (ND) 32 (15%) 4.0 (ND) 27 (14%) 4.0 (ND)
 e. changed work hours or conditions 161 (42%) 3.5 (.71) 91 (39%) 3.0 (ND) 78 (35%) 4.0 (0.00) 63 (33%) 2.0 (ND)
 f. changed responsibilities at work. 138 (36%) 4.0 (ND) 96 (41%) 4.0 (ND) 67 (30%) 4.0 (ND) 53 (28%) 4.0 (ND)
 g. had troubles at work with employer or co-workers 128 (34%) 3.5 (.58) 69 (29%) 4.0 (ND) 61 (28%) 4.0 (ND) 40 (21%) 3.0 (ND)
 h. had a major business readjustment 46 (12%) 4.0 (ND) 27 (12%) 4.0 (ND) 24 (11%) 4.0 (ND) 14 (7%) 4.0 (ND)
 i. been fired or laid off from work 26 (7%) 4.0 (ND) 20 (9%) 4.0 8 (4%) 4.0 10 (5%) 4.0 (ND)
 j. retired from work 5 (1%) 4.0 (ND) 3 (1%) ND 0 ND 3 (2%) ND
 k. started courses by mail or studying at home to help with work 41 (11%) 4.0 (ND) 13 (6%) ND (ND) 14 (6%) 3.0 (ND) 6 (3%) 3.0 (ND)
 l. begun or ended school, college, or training program 65 (17%) 3.0 (ND) 32 (14%) 4.0 (ND) 19 (9%) ND 12 (6%) 4.0 (ND)
 m. changed career goal or academic major 54 (14%) 4.0 (ND) 19 (8%) ND 25 (11%) 3.0 (ND) 12 (6%) 4.0 (ND)
 n. changed school, college or training program 10 (3%) ND 6 (3%) 2.0 (ND) 4 (2%) 4.0 (ND) 3 (2%) 4.0 (ND)
 o. had problems in school, college or training program 9 (2%) 4.0 (ND) 10 (4%) 4.0 (ND) 3 (1%) 2.0 (ND) 1 (< 1%) 3.0 (ND)
3. Residence
 a. had difficulty finding a home 18 (5%) 3.58 (.67) 3 (1%) 2.5 (.71) 3 (1%) 3.0 (ND) 3 (2%) 3.67 (.58)
 b. changed residences within the same town or city 39 (10%) 3.13 (1.13) 14 (6%) 4.0 (0.00) 6 (3%) ND 9 (5%) 4.0 (ND)
 c. moved to a different town, city, state, or country 15 (4%) 2.67 (1.21) 14 (6%) 4.0 (0.00) 6 (3%) ND 4 (2%) ND
 d. had a major change in living conditions (home improvements or a decline in home or neighborhood) 121 (32%) 3.26 (.85) 55 (23%) 2.94 (.77) 44 (20%) 3.10 (.88) 34 (18%) 3.67 (.50)
4. Love and Marriage
 a. begun a new, close personal, romantic relationship 40 (11%) 3.33 (.58) 23 (10%) 3.50 (.71) 22 (10%) 4.0 (ND) 17 (9%) 4.0 (ND)
 b. become engaged 20 (5%) ND 7 (3%) ND 4 (2%) ND 4 (2%) 4.0 (ND)
 c. had girlfriend or boyfriend problems (not just friends)(not husband/partner) 48 (13%) 3.43 (.69) 28 (12%) 3.55 (.67) 19 (9%) 3.13 (.83) 12 (6%) 3.33 (.87)
 d. broken up with a boyfriend (or girlfriend) or broken an engagement 46 (12%) 3.52 (.80) 20 (9%) 3.58 (.52) 16 (7%) 3.18 (.87) 5 (3%) 4.0 (0.00)
 e. gotten married or begun to live with someone (roommate OK) 37 (10%) 3.5 (.58) 15 (6%) ND 11 (5%) 3.5 (.58) 12 (6%) ND
 f. had change in closeness with husband or life partner 140 (37%) 3.36 (.73) 63 (27%) 3.27 (.83) 42 (19%) 3.28 (.90) 37 (19%) 3.13 (.89)
 g. experienced infidelity, (cheating on husband/partner)(either party) 33 (9%) 3.48 (.73) 16 (7%) 3.55 (.69) 12 (5%) 3.83 (.41) 8 (4%) 3.2 (1.30)
 h. had trouble with in-laws 36 (9%) 3.07 (.73) 11 (5%) 2.6 (.84) 14 (6%) 2.73 (.91) 8 (4%) 3.25 (.89)
 i. separated from husband or life partner due to conflict 29 (7%) 3.67 (.77) 10 (4%) 3.50 (.84) 11 (5%) 4.0 (0.00) 8 (4%) 4.0 (0.00)
 j. separated from husband or life partner due to work, travel, school, etc. 36 (9%) 3.17 (.99) 15 (6%) 3.0 (0.00) 10 (5%) 3.25 (.96) 4 (2%) 3.33 (1.16)
 k. had a reconciliation with spouse or partner 25 (7%) ND 10 (4%) 3.50 (.71) 11 (5%) ND 4 (2%) ND
 l. had a legal divorce 12 (3%) 4.0 (0.00) 3 (1%) ND 2 (< 1%) ND 3 (2%) 4.0 (0.00)
 m. had a change in husband’s or partner’s work outside the home (beginning work, ceasing work, changing jobs, retirement, etc.) 100 (26%) 3.48 (.72) 43 (18%) 3.35 (.70) 36 (16%) 3.46 (.69) 35 (18%) 3.00 (.54)
5. Family and Close Friends
 a. gained a new family member (through birth, adoption, relative moving in, includes extended family) 109 (29%) 2.8 (1.03) 51 (22%) 3.67 (.52) 40 (18%) 3.00 (.82) 47 (25%) 3.0 (1.00)
 b. had a child or family member leave home (due to marriage, to attend college, or for some other reason) 59 (16%) 3.48 (.81) 27 (12%) 3.9 (.32) 37 (17%) 3.63 (.74) 28 (15%) 3.75 (.50)
 c. had a major change in the health or behavior of a family member or close friend (illness, accidents, drug or disciplinary problems, etc.) 165 (43%) 3.41 (.75) 100 (43%) 3.28 (.80) 75 (34%) 3.42 (.72) 79 (41%) 3.55 (.59)
 d. had the death of a husband or partner 4 (1%) 4.0 (0.00) 1 (< 1%) 4.0 (ND) 1 (< 1%) 4.0 (ND) 2 (1%) 2.0 (ND)
 e. had the death of a child 1 (< 1%) 4.0 (ND) 1 (< 1%) ND 0 ND 1 (< 1%) ND
 f. had the death of a parent 36 (9%) 3.92 (.27) 19 (8%) 3.79 (.43) 13 (6%) 3.4 (.70) 8 (4%) 3.67 (.82)
 g. had the death of another family member or close friend 103 (27%) 3.30 (.78) 60 (26%) 3.22 (.76) 44 (20%) 3.2 (.76) 35 (18%) 3.29 (.64)
 h. had a change in the marital status of your parents 8 (2%) 3.5 (.58) 5 (2%) 3.5 (.71) 4 (2%) 4.0 (0.00) 1 (< 1%) ND
6. Personal and Social
 a. major personal achievement 139 (37%) 3.0 (1.41) 70 (30%) ND 52 (24%) 4.0 (ND) 48 (25%) 3.0 (1.41)
 b. had a major decision regarding the immediate future 154 (40%) 3.62 (.51) 70 (30%) 3.56 (.88) 67 (30%) 3.40 (.89) 55 (29%) 3.88 (.35)
 c.
 d. had a change in political beliefs 8 (2%) 3.50 (.71) 5 (2%) ND 5 (2%) ND 3 (2%) ND
 e. had a change in religious beliefs 20 (5%) 3.50 (.71) 10 (4%) ND 15 (7%) ND 4 (2%) ND
 f. had a loss or damage of personal property 75 (20%) 3.12 (.83) 41 (17%) 2.97 (.81) 49 (22%) 2.81 (.83) 24 (13%) 3.00 (.79)
 g. had a vacation 231 (61%) 3.55 (.69) 151 (64%) 3.00 (ND) 163 (74%) 3.00 (1.00) 125 (65%) 4.00 (0.00)
 h. had a trip; not a vacation 171 (45%) 3.15 (.99) 98 (42%) 2.72 (.91) 107 (48%) 3.11 (.93) 96 (50%) 3.00 (.82)
 i. had a change in family get-togethers 91 (24%) 3.17 (.80) 60 (26%) 2.80 (.78) 75 (34%) 3.04 (.77) 54 (28%) 3.09 (.81)
 j. had a change in social activities (clubs, movies, visiting) 102 (27%) 2.76 (.74) 66 (28%) 2.84 (.60) 56 (25%) 2.78 (.81) 43 (22%) 3.07 (.73)
 k. made a new friend 231 (61%) 2.25 (.50) 123 (52%) 4.0 (ND) 100 (45%) ND 95 (50%) 3.50 (.71)
 l. broken up with a friend due to conflict 66 (17%) 3.18 (.83) 30 (13%) 2.93 (.70) 28 (13%) 3.20 (.78) 21 (11%) 3.33 (.72)
 m. lost a friend for other reasons (death, moving) 72 (19%) 3.30 (.79) 47 (20%) 2.94 (.69) 25 (11%) 2.80 (.86) 35 (18%) 2.75 (.85)
7. Financial
 a. had a major change in financial status (improved or worsened) 168 (44%) 3.53 (.68) 92 (39%) 3.33 (.76) 79 (36%) 3.58 (.50) 69 (36%) 3.20 (.76)
 b. taken on a moderate purchase such as a car, major appliance, etc. 157 (41%) 2.79 (.98) 85 (36%) 2.92 (.90) 70 (32%) 3.0 (.93) 59 (31%) 2.75 (.96)
 c. taken on a major purchase or a mortgage loan, such as a home, business, property, etc. 67 (18%) 3.29 (.83) 40 (17%) 2.50 (.71) 39 (18%) 3.0 (.78) 30 (16%) 3.40 (.55)
 d. experienced a foreclosure on a mortgage or loan 7 (2%) 3.17 (.98) 0 ND 1 (< 1%) 4.0 (ND) 1 (< 1%) 3.0 (ND)
 e. had credit rating difficulties 75 (20%) 3.26 (.70) 23 (10%) 2.84 (.69) 19 (9%) 3.38 (.89) 10 (5%) 3.25 (.71)
8. Crime and Legal Matters
 a. robbed 49 (13%) 3.22 (.84) 22 (9%) 3.28 (.75) 26 (12%) 2.82 (.67) 11 (6%) 2.64 (.51)
 b. a victim of a violent act (rape, assault, etc.) 3 (1%) 4.0 (0.00) 4 (2%) 3.75 (.50) 4 (2%) 3.33 (1.16) 2 (1%) 3.0 (ND)
 c. involved in a car accident 45 (12%) 2.74 (.91) 31 (13%) 2.89 (.97) 27 (12%) 2.90 (.79) 29 (15%) 2.77 (.87)
 d. involved in a law suit 35 (9%) 3.05 (.83) 14 (6%) 2.73 (1.01) 16 (7%) 3.80 (.45) 15 (8%) 3.0 (1.00)
 e. involved in a minor violation of the law (traffic tickets, disturbing the peace, etc.) 75 (20%) 2.15 (.69) 37 (16%) 2.40 (.91) 30 (14%) 2.54 (.78) 23 (12%) 2.21 (1.12)
 f. involved in legal troubles resulting in your being arrested or held in jail 0 ND 2 (1%) 4.0 (ND) 1 (< 1%) 3.0 (ND) 0 ND
9. Parenting
 a. had a change in child care arrangements 88 (23%) 3.11 (.90) 34 (15%) 3.60 (.89) 23 (10%) 2.86 (.90) 17 (9%) 3.0 (.82)
 b. had conflicts with husband or partner about parenting 119 (31%) 3.13 (.84) 51 (22%) 2.68 (.85) 37 (17%) 2.86 (.83) 26 (14%) 2.74 (.87)
 c. had conflicts with child’s grandparents (or other important person) about parenting 40 (11%) 2.87 (.78) 17 (7%) 2.46 (.82) 10 (5%) 3.29 (.76) 5 (3%) 4.0 (0.00)
 d. taken on full responsibility for parenting as a single parent 37 (10%) 3.0 (.93) 10 (4%) 3.67 (.58) 8 (4%) 4.0 (ND) 9 (5%) 4.0 (0.00)
 e. custody battles with former husband or partner 6 (2%) 3.60 (.89) 2 (1%) 3.0 (ND) 3 (1%) 3.0 (1.41) 1 (< 1%) 4.0 (ND)