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Table 2 Parameters of health status and health behaviour in the total sample and stratified for two groups of low vs. high stress reactivity +

From: Self-perceived stress reactivity is an indicator of psychosocial impairment at the workplace

Characteristic Total
(n = 174)
Group with low
stress reactivity
(n = 88)
Group with high
stress reactivity
(n = 86)
P value
Health status
Psychosomatic total score (GBB-24) 9.45 (9.3) 7.73 (8.4) 11.22 (9.9) .009 a
   Exhaustion 2.41 (3.6) 1.89 (2.9) 2.94 (4.2) .300 a
   Gastrointestinal complaints 1.87 (2.4) 1.76 (2.7) 1.99 (2.0) 133 a
   Musculoskeletal complaints 3.86 (3.5) 3.31 (3.3) 4.43 (3.5) .020 a
   Cardiovascular complaints 1.31 (2.2) 0.77 (1.7) 1.86 (2.4) < .001 a
Depression (HADS) 4.42 (3.25) 3.26 (2.8) 5.60 (3.2) < .001 a
Anxiety (HADS) 6.01 (3.07) 4.93 (2.9) 7.12 (2.8) < .001 a
Health behaviour
Intensive sports (hours per week) 1.27 (2.0) 1.68 (2.3) 0.85 (1.4) .018 a
Smoking behaviour     
   Smokers [n (%)] 51 (29.3%) 25 (28.4%) 26 (30.2%) .222 b
   Never smoked [n (%)] 61 (35.1%) 36 (40.9%) 25 (29.1%)  
   Stopped smoking [n (%)] 62 (35.6%) 27 (30.7%) 35 (40.7%)  
Overweight (BMI) 28.00 (4.06) 27.84 (4.1) 28.17 (4.0) .782 c
Waist circumference 99.34 (11.0) 99.02 (11.1) 99.67 (10.9) .696 a
Sleeping behaviour     
   No sleeping problems [n (%)] 91 (60.3%) 51 (65.4%) 40 (54.8%) .386 b
   Some sleeping problems [n (%)] 43 (28.5%) 20 (25.6%) 23 (31.5%)  
   Major sleeping problems [n (%)] 17 (11.3%) 7 (9.0%) 10 (13.7%)  
  1. + = mean (SD), unless otherwise stated.
  2. a = Mann Whitney U-test
  3. b = Chi2 test
  4. c = t-test