Table 1

Characteristics of respondents by country of web community.

UK*

SE*

DK*

NO*

DE*

AT*

Total

Chi-square†


Number

529

453

382

291

330

52

2037

Percent men (n)

29 (153)

26 (120)

27 (102)

31 (90)

37 (123)

27 (14)

30 (602)

p = 0.02

Percent by age group (n)

% <26 years (n)

29 (151)

29 (133)

17 (64)

40 (117)

23 (75)

25 (13)

27 (553)

% 26–35 years (n)

33 (172)

35 (160)

36 (138)

33 (96)

30 (98)

27 (14)

33 (678)

% 36–45 years (n)

22 (118)

22 (100)

25 (94)

19 (54)

25 (84)

29 (15)

23 (465)

% >46 years (n)

17 (88)

13 (60)

23 (86)

8 (24)

22 (73)

19 (10)

17 (341)

p < 0.001

% meeting criteria for major depression (n)

64 (339)

57 (257)

40 (153)

42 (121)

48 (158)

50 (26)

52 (1054)

p < 0.001


* UK = United Kingdom, SE = Sweden, DK = Denmark, NO = Norway, DE = Germany, AT = Austria. † Chi square test for heterogeneity between countries. Country – country comparisons: Differences in sex distribution (proportion of women) (Chi square test): SE>DE (p < 0.001); DK > DE (p < 0.01); UK > DE (p < 0.05). Differences in age distribution (rank sum test on 5 year age bands): UK-DK, UK-NO, UK-DE, SE-DK, SE-DE, DK-NO, NO-DE (p < 0.001); SE-NO, NO-AT (p < 0.01). Proportion depressed (Chi square test): UK > DK, UK > NO, UK > DE, SE > DK, SE > NO (p < 0.001); UK > SE, UK > AT, SE > DE, DE > DK (p < 0.05).

Powell et al. BMC Psychiatry 2003 3:19   doi:10.1186/1471-244X-3-19

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