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Table 1 Characteristics of unemployed persons with health complaints (n = 252) who enrolled in a health promotion programme

From: Changes in physical health among participants in a multidisciplinary health programme for long-term unemployed persons

Demographic characteristics  
   Men 46.4%
   Age (yr) 42.11 (9.12)
   Married or living with partner 35.2%
   Ethnic background  
Native Dutch 24.9%
Turkish/Moroccan 25.7%
Surinamese/Antillean 29.0%
Other 20.4%
   Level of education  
Low 67.9%
Intermediate 28.8%
High 3.3%
   Unemployment duration (n = 245)  
< 5 year 27.4%
> 5 years 53.5%
Never worked 19.1%
Psychological measures  
   Self-esteem (1–4) 2.85 (0.56)
   Mastery (1–4) 2.45 (0.55)
   Kinesiophobia (1–4) (n = 239) 2.68 (0.47)
Self-perceived health (SF-36)  
   Physical functioning 52.69 (23.11)
   Role functioning (physical) 32.18 (39.66)
   Bodily pain 41.39 (23.42)
   Vitality 43.74 (16.03)
   Social functioning 53.64 (25.88)
   Role functioning (emotional) 48.43 (44.58)
   Mental health 53.00 (18.85)
   General health 37.62 (18.23)
Physical measures  
   BMI (kg/m2) 27.61 (5.68)
overweight (25 <= BMI < 30) 32.9%
obese (BMI >= 30) 29.4%
   VO2max (ml/kg/minute) (n = 130) 24.60 (7.85)
   Abdominal muscle strength (sit-ups/minute) (n = 216) 21.13 (13.69)
   Flexibility (cm) (n = 223) 23.70 (10.94)
   Systolic blood pressure (mmHg) 130.33 (17.42)
   Diastolic blood pressure (mmHg) 82.96 (10.89)