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Table 1 General characteristics of the individuals included in the analysis

From: Non-specific physical symptoms in relation to actual and perceived proximity to mobile phone base stations and powerlines

Characteristic Analytic sample (n = 3611)
Age in years (%)  
   18-24 208 (5.8)
   25-34 702 (19.4)
   35-44 799 (22.3)
   45-54 733 (20.5)
   55-64 586 (16.4)
   65 < 550 (15.4)
   Missing 33
Gender  
   Male (%) 1580 (44.1)
   Female (%) 2002 (55.9)
   Missing 29
Ethnicity  
   Native (%) 2860 (79.7)
   Non-native (%) 730 (20.3)
   Missing 21
Education*  
   Lower (%) 581 (16.6)
   Middle (%) 1292 (36.9)
   Higher (%) 1629 (46.5)
   Missing 109
Occupational status  
   > 20 hours per week (%) 2045 (56.6)
   < 20 hours per week (%) 256 (7.1)
   Unemployment/Retirement (%) 635 (17.6)
   Work incapacity (%) 143 (4)
   Students/Housewives 532 (14.7)
   Missing 0
Type of residency  
   Separate (detached) house/Villa 235 (6.8)
   Semi-detached house 900 (26)
   Townhouse/Terraced house/Unit or flat with own Entrance 1341 (38.7)
   Unit or flat (with shared entrance or front door at walkway - covered/non-covered) 988 (28.5)
   Missing 147
Home ownership status  
   Owned (%) 2195 (61.2)
   Rented (%) 1391 (38.8)
   Missing 25
Perceived proximity (subjects answering "yes")  
   Base Stations (%) (total missing: 111) 1197 (34.2)
   Powerlines (%) (total missing: 103) 523 (14.9)
  Mean ( SD )
Actual distance to BS (in metres) 347.3 (259.9)
Actual distance to powerlines (in metres) 2381 (1508.5)
Non-specific physical symptoms 6.1 (5.43)
Missing 28
  1. *Note: Higher: scientific education; Middle: professional education; Lower: lower than professional