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Table 1 Health-related behaviors (%), by socio-demographic characteristics and social relationships (weighted)

From: Social relationships and health related behaviors among older US adults

  % of N (weighted) Physically active Dental visit less than 2 years ago Current smoker Heavy drinking
Social networks/support      
Marital status      
Married/living with partner 61.9 55.7 70.2 9.9 13.9
Widowed 24.9 41.1 54.6 11.0 11.4
Divorced/separated 10.5 45.5 61.4 25.6 24.1
Single 2.7 38.7 55.8 14.6 22.4
Number of close friends      
0-4 35.8 41.2 56.7 13.6 15.0
5-8 31.6 55.5 69.1 9.9 13.5
9 or more 32.6 56.0 70.1 12.1 15.2
Emotional support      
Sufficient emotional support 81.3 52.8 66.2 11.5 14.4
Lack of emotional support 18.7 40.7 59.8 13.8 15.5
Socio-demographic characteristics      
Gender      
Men 44.4 56.8 65.4 13.5 14.9
Women 55.6 45.6 64.7 10.7 14.3
P-value for chi-square test   p < 0.001 p = 0.542 p < 0.001 p = 0.056
Age group      
60–70 50.7 55.4 67.3 16.4 18.8
71–80 34.0 49.4 64.1 9.0 11.2
81 and older 15.3 37.0 59.3 3.6 8.1
Poverty-income ratio (quartiles)      
Top 25.3 65.9 84.2 8.6 18.0
Second 24.8 57.9 72.6 10.4 14.3
Third 25.1 46.6 62.4 12.5 13.1
Bottom 24.8 32.1 41.1 16.2 13.0
Education      
More than high school 41.5 62.7 81.0 9.7 15.2
High school diploma 29.3 50.1 62.8 12.2 14.9
Less than high school 29.2 33.7 44.4 14.9 13.6
Ethnicity      
White Americans 82.2 52.8 67.2 11.2 13.8
African Americans 7.8 37.0 55.6 16.3 18.2
Mexican Americans 3.1 37.4 53.9 12.6 20.7
Other Hispanic Americans 3.8 37.2 51.2 18.9 17.2
Other 3.1 53.7 57.2 11.5 16.8