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Table 1 Characteristics of the sample

From: A randomized controlled trial of a senior centre group programme for increasing social support and preventing depression in elderly people living at home in Norway

   Intervention Control
Gender Women 59.5 54.7
Men 40.5 45.3
Age group 65-69 5.4 15.1
70–79 35.1 35.8
80+ 59.5 49.1
Income*1 <150’ 16.2 22.0
150’-200’ 27.0 28.0
200’-300’ 32.4 30.0
300+ 24.3 20.0
Education Primary, 9 yrs 35.1 37.7
Secondary,12 yrs 27.0 18.9
College/University > 13 yrs 37.8 43.4
Marital status Married/cohabiting 40.5 49.1
Single 59.5 50.9
District of town Ullern 56.8 64.2
Østensjø 43.2 35.8
Life satisfaction* 2 Mean 3.65 (0.82) 3.84 (0.71)
Health* 3 Mean 2.44 (0.65) 2.55 (0.60)
Social support* 4 Mean 9.32 (2.01) 9.21 (2.00)
BDI*5 Mean 10.14 (6.63) 8.70 (4.85)
  1. *1 Norwegian crowns.
  2. *2 High value, most satisfied.
  3. *3 High value, good health.
  4. *4 High value, much support.
  5. *5 High value, most depressed.
  6. For categorical variables: Percentage; For continuous variables: Mean, Standard Deviations in brackets, total n = 92.