Table 1

Participants characteristics - 2008 Sichuan earthquake, China

No. (%) of participants


Characteristics

Total

(N = 276)

Elders

(n = 138)

Younger Adults

(n = 138)

P Value


Demographics

Sex

Male

148 (53.6)

76 (55.1)

72 (52.2)

0.63

Female

128 (46.4)

62 (44.9)

66 (47.8)

Ethnicity

Han

110 (39.9)

54 (39.1)

56 (40.6)

0.81

Ethnic minorities a

166 (60.1)

84 (60.9)

82 (59.4)

Marital status

Married or living together

200 (72.5)

112 (81.2)

88 (63.8)

0.001

Others (unmarried, divorced, etc.)

76 (27.5)

26 (18.8)

50 (36.2)

Education level

Primary school or lower

139 (50.4)

90 (65.2)

49 (35.5)

<0.001

Higher than primary school

137 (49.6)

48 (34.8)

89 (64.5)

Earthquake-related experiences

Having been in serious danger

Yes

167 (60.5)

84 (60.9)

83 (60.1)

0.90

No

109 (39.5)

54 (39.1)

55 (39.9)

Having been seriously injured

Yes

33 (12.0)

19 (13.8)

14 (10.1)

0.35

No

243 (88.0)

119 (86.2)

124 (89.9)

Having family members or friends seriously injured

Yes

49 (17.8)

26 (18.8)

23 (16.7)

0.64

No

227 (82.2)

112 (81.2)

115 (83.3)

Having witnessed someone being killed or seriously injured

Yes

140 (50.7)

70 (50.7)

70 (50.7)

1.00

No

136 (49.3)

68 (49.3)

68 (49.3)

Having lost family members

Yes

38 (13.8)

26 (18.8)

12 (8.7)

0.01

No

238 (86.2)

112 (81.2)

126 (91.3)

Having lost significant others

Yes

100 (36.2)

49 (35.5)

51 (37.0)

0.80

No

176 (63.8)

89 (64.5)

87 (63.0)

Having one's house seriously damaged

Yes

227 (82.2)

117 (84.8)

110 (79.7)

0.27

No

49 (17.8)

21 (15.2)

28 (20.3)

Having lost important belongings b

Yes

113 (40.9)

61 (44.2)

52 (37.7)

0.27

No

163 (59.1)

77 (55.8)

86 (62.3)

Having felt extremely anxious about one's own life

Yes

226 (81.9)

112 (81.2)

114 (82.6)

0.76

No

50 (18.1)

26 (18.8)

24 (17.4)

Having felt scared that family members or significant others would die or be seriously injured

Yes

253 (91.7)

128 (92.8)

125 (90.6)

0.51

No

23 (8.3)

10 (7.2)

13 (9.4)

Having felt guilt concerning someone's death or injury

Yes

121 (43.8)

58 (42.0)

63 (45.7)

0.54

No

155 (56.2)

80 (58.0)

75 (54.3)


a Ethnic minorities refer to non-Han population in China, which account for a larger population in the survey areas than Han people.

b Important belongings refer to physical possessions of sentimental value to the participants.

Jia et al. BMC Public Health 2010 10:172   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-172

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