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Table 2 Summary characteristics of key indicators: drought exposure, food insecurity, and psychological distress, stratified by rural and urban location

From: The impact of drought on the association between food security and mental health in a nationally representative Australian sample

  Rural Urban All Mean difference between rural and urban
(N =919) (N =4093) (N =5012)
  % N % N % N % SE P-value
Drought exposure
  Zero and moderate 65.0 597 44.3 1814 47.3 2369 20.6 6.9 0.003
  Very dry 5.5 50 13.4 550 12.3 616 -8.0 3.4 0.019
  Long dry 18.1 166 32.1 1314 30.1 1509 -14.0 6.0 0.019
  Constant dry 5.8 54 3.0 123 3.4 171 2.8 2.5 0.259
  Constant and long dry 5.6 52 7.2 293 6.9 348 1.5 3.7 0.681
Food insecurity
Missing meals
  Yes 1.8 16 1.6 63 1.6 79 0.2 0.6 0.707
  No 98.2 903 98.4 4030 98.4 4933    
Core food consumption
  Below-average 32.8 301 31.6 1293 31.8 1592 1.2 2.4 0.635
  Above-average 67.2 618 68.4 2800 68.2 3420    
Discretionary food consumption
  Above average 60.2 554 62.2 2545 61.9 3103 -2.0 2.7 0.466
  Below average 39.8 365 37.8 1548 38.1 1909    
Psychological distress, Mean (SE)
  15.1 0.3 15.6 0.1 15.5 0.1 -0.5 0.3 0.104