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Table 1 Baseline (demographic) information on widowers who lost their wife during 1999-2001, and a control group of age-matched married men.

From: Assessing survival in widowers, and controls -A nationwide, six- to nine-year follow-up

  Widowers Controls
All widowers who lost their wives 1999-2001, born 1924-1969, and age-matched controls N = 357 N = 357
Mean age at time of selection 63,9 (30-75) 62,5 (35-75)
Age group 30-59 n = 107 n = 107
Age group 60-69 n = 126 n = 126
Age group 70-75 n = 124 n = 124
Participants of epidemiological study* N = 216
% (n/N)
N = 199
% (n/N)
Years married 20-40 years 37% (80/216) 43% (86/199)
Years married 40+ years 51% (110/216) 47% (94/199)
Living in Reykjavík metropolitan area 61% (131/216) 63% (126/199)
Living in towns outside of Reykjavík 31% (66/216) 28% (55/199)
Living in a rural area 8% (18/216) 9% (18/199)
Have children-all ages 97% (208/216) 98% (195/199)
Education after age 16   
0-2 years 34% (74/216) 30% (60/199)
3-4 years 37% (79/216) 40% (79/199)
5-10 years 22% (48/216) 28% (56/199)
missing 7% (15/216) 2% (4/199)
Work status   
Retired 38% (81/216) 36% (71/199)
Carpenter 12% (25/216) 20% (40/199)
Office job 12% (25/216) 10% (19/199)
Own company/director 9% (19/216) 11% (21/199)
Manual labourer 5% (10/216) 6% (12/199)
Merchant 6% (13/216) 8% (15/199)
Teacher 4% (9/216) 5% (9/199)
Pastor 2% (5/216) 0% (0/199)
Farmer 2% (4/216) 3% (5/199)
Fisherman 1% (3/216) 4% (7/199)
Other/missing 10% (22/216) 0% (0/199)
  1. Information from a questionnaire survey in 2002
  2. * Detailed information is only available from the participants of the primary epidemiological study
  3. * Log-rank test p = 0.0121