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Table 1 Sociodemographic and other characteristics of former political detainees and control subjects1

From: Long-term consequences of traumatic experiences: an assessment of former political detainees in romania

Variables Political detainees (n = 59) Control subjects (n = 39) p
Gender    n.s.
   Male 98% (58) 92% (36)  
   Female 2% (1) 8% (3)  
Highest education level    < 0.001
   Primary school 0% (0) 8% (3)  
   Secondary school 2% (1) 28% (11)  
   High school 25% (15) 28% (11)  
   Technical college 15% (9) 10% (4)  
   University 58% (34) 26% (10)  
Marital status    n.s
   Single 3% (2) 0% (0)  
   Married 83% (49) 87% (34)  
   Divorced 2% (1) 3% (1)  
   Widowed 12% (7) 10% (4)  
Occupational status    n.s.
   Employed 14% (8) 23% (9)  
   Retired 86% (51) 77% (30)  
WWII veterans 17% (10) 18% (7) n.s.
Psychiatric history of the family 14% (8) 18% (7) n.s.
Former psychiatric illness 3% (2) 10% (4) n.s.
Other traumas 3.4 (1.5) 2.8 (1.3) n.s.
   War zone exposure 86% (51) 82% (32) n.s.
   Accident 61% (36) 59% (23) n.s.
   Natural disaster 46% (27) 49% (19) n.s.
   Witnessing injury 31% (18) 23% (9) n.s.
   Sexual abuse 2% (1) 0% (0) n.s.
   Physical assault 59% (35) 21% (18) < 0.001
   Trauma that happened to someone close 56% (33) 44% (17) n.s.
  1. 1Frequencies for percentages and standard deviations for means are presented in parentheses