Table 2

Background characteristics of members of the cohort (NVVE and NPV) and a sample of the Dutch population in 2005 (rounded percentages with 95% confidence intervals).

Members of the NVVE (n = 5561)

Members of the NPV

(n = 1261)

Sample of the Dutch population (n = 1402)


< 65 yrs. (40%)

> 65 yrs. (60%)

< 65 yrs.

(54%)

> 65 yrs.

(46%)

< 65 yrs.

(80%)

> 65 yrs.

(20%)


Gender

- Male

32 (30-34)

39 (37-40)

38 (34-42)

42 (38-47)

40 (38-43)

60 (55-65)

- Female

68 (66-70)

61 (60-63)

62 (58-66)

58 (53-62)

60 (57-62)

40 (35-45)

Age

(mean with 95% CI's)

55.7 yr.

(55.3-56.0)

76.1 yr.

(75.8-76.3)

46.4 yr. (45.4-47.4)

75.1 yr.

(74.6-75.6)

44.9 yr. (44.2-45.5)

73.3 yr.

(72.7-73.8)

Marital status

Partner

71 (69-73)

54 (52-56)

77 (74-81)

63 (59-66)

85 (83-87)

67 (62-73)

- Married

55 (53-57)

48 (46-49)

75 (72-78)

60 (57-65)

71 (68-73)

62 (57-68)

- Living together

10 (9-11)

3 (3-4)

0.7(0.3-1.6)

0.5 (0.2-1.4)

12 (10-14)

2 (1-5)

- Otherwise

7 (6-8)

3 (3-4)

1 (1-3)

1 (1-3)

3 (2-4)

3 (1-5)

Single

29 (27-31)

46 (44-48)

23 (19-26)

37 (34-42)

15 (13-17)

33 (27-38)

- Divorced

9 (8-11)

7 (6-8)

3 (2-4)

3 (2-4)

5 (4-7)

8 (5-11)

- Widowed

8 (7-9)

33 (32-34)

2 (1-4)

25 (21-29)

2 (2-3)

22 (17-27)

- Otherwise

12 (10-13)

6 (5-7)

17 (15-20)

10 (8-12)

7 (6-9)

3 (2-6)

Children

- Children, good relation

59 (57-61)

74 (73-76)

68 (65-71)

71 (67-75)

72 (70-75)

78 (73-83)

- Children, bad relation (with some or all)

6 (5-7)

11 (10-12)

4 (3-6)

14 (11-17)

5 (4-6)

12 (8-16)

- No children

35 (33-37)

15 (14-16)

28 (25-31)

15 (13-19)

23 (20-25)

10 (7-13)

Education

- Elementary or basic vocational

11 (10-12)

19 (17-20)

24 (21-27)

49 (45-53)

19 (17-22)

34 (29-40)

- Secondary

29 (27-31)

32 (30-33)

38 (35-42)

29 (25-33)

39 (37-42)

30 (25-35)

- Higher

60 (58-62)

50 (48-52)

37 (34-41)

22 (19-26)

41 (39-44)

36 (31-41)

Life stance

- No belief

69 (67-71)

60 (58-62)

1 (1-2)

1 (0-2)

47 (44-50)

24 (20-30)

- Roman Catholic

11 (10-13)

10 (9-11)

6 (4-8)

11 (8-13)

26 (24-29)

42 (36-48)

- Protestant

6 (5-7)

14 (12-15)

92 (90-94)

87 (84-90)

21 (19-24)

27 (22-33)

- Humanistic

8 (7-9)

11 (10-12)

0 (0-0.4)

0 (0-0.4)

2 (1-3)

4 (2-6)

- Other

6 (5-7)

5 (4-6)

1 (0-1)

1 (1-3)

3 (2-5)

3 (2-6)

Belief and its importance in someone's life

- Belief important

15 (14-17)

23 (21-24)

97 (96-98)

98 (96-99)

28 (25-31)

55 (49-60)

- Belief not important

or no belief

85 (83-86)

77 (76-79)

3 (2-4)

2 (1-4)

72 (69-75)

45 (40-51)

3 Characteristics from NEO-FFI

(mean scores with 95% CI's)*

- Neuroticism

28.7

(28.3-29.0)

28.9

(28.6-29.1)

30.1

(29.5-30.7)

30.0

(29.3-30.6)

29.0

(28,6-29.4)

29.1

(28.3-29.9)

- Altruism

45.2

(44.9-45.4)

44.5

(44.3-44.7)

46.3

(45.9-46.7)

45.9

(45.5-46.3)

44.9

(44.6-45.2)

43.9

(43.4-44.5)

- Conscientiousness

46.1

(45.8-46.3)

44.8

(44.6-44.9)

45.8

(45.4-46.3)

45.0

(44.5-45.5)

45.5

(45.3-45.8)

44.7

(44.1-45.3)

Experienced health

- (Very) good

80 (78-81)

74 (73-76)

86 (83-89)

77 (73-80)

89 (87-90)

79 (74-83)

- Less than good

20 (19-22)

26 (24-27)

14 (11-17)

23 (20-27)

11 (9-13)

21 (17-26)

Suffering from a disease

- Yes

49.5 (47-52)

68 (66-69)

39 (36-43)

65 (61-69)

33 (31-36)

61 (55-66)

- No

50.5 (48-53)

32 (31-34)

61 (57-65)

35 (31-39)

67 (64-69)

39 (34-45)

Resuscitation in case of cardiac arrest

when suffering from advanced stage cancer

- (Probably) yes

2 (1-3)

4 (3-4)

47 (43-51)

46 (42-51)

12 (10-14)

20 (16-25)

- (Probably) no

98 (97-99)

96 (96-97)

53 (49-57)

54 (49-58)

88 (86-90)

80 (75-84)


* The Neurotics-Extroversion-Openness Five Factor Inventory (NEO-FFI), a questionnaire to test personality, has normally 5 characteristics. We only used 3, because these were the ones most relevant for our research. A respondent who filled in the questionnaire got a score on each characteristic that could range from 12 to 60; 12 meaning they scored very low on that specific characteristic and 60 that they scored very high. We took the mean score per respondent group.

van Wijmen et al. BMC Public Health 2010 10:166   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-166

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