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Table 3 Characteristics of respondents and whether they had been spoken to by a family member about the possibility of developing diabetes

From: Reducing health risk in family members of patients with type 2 diabetes: views of first degree relatives

Characteristic Values Number spoken to about risk of diabetes (%) Statistic
Age (n = 322) < 40 years (n = 150) 90 (60) X2 = 17.77, 2 df, p < 0.001
  40-49 years (n = 97) 34 (35)  
  > 49 years (n = 75) 29 (39)  
Gender (n = 326) Male (n = 105) 43 (41) X2 = 2.7, 1 df, p = 0.10
  Female (n = 221) 113 (51)  
Marital status (n = 324) Single/widowed (n = 98) 56 (57) X2 = 4.87, 1 df, p = 0.027
  Married/cohabiting (n = 226) 99 (44)  
Occupation (n = 288) Management/Professions (n = 82) 36 (44) X2 = 13.47, 3 df, p = 0.004
  Skilled workers (n = 78) 34 (44)  
  Unskilled workers (n = 46) 33 (72)  
  No employment (n = 82) 33 (40)  
Number of first degree relatives with diabetes (n = 307) One (n = 261) 130 (50) X2 = 4.85, 1 df, p = 0.028
  More than one (n = 46) 15 (33)  
Relative who gave questionnaire (n = 310) Father (n = 137) 68 (51) X2 = 9.09, 3 df, p = 0.028
  Mother (n = 88) 47 (53)  
  Sibling (n = 74) 26 (35)  
  Other (n = 11) 8 (73)  
Likely to develop diabetes in life (n = 321) Not at all/Not very likely (n = 140) 53 (38) X2 = 9.57, 1 df, p = 0.002
  Quite/Very likely (n = 181) 100 (55)  
Likely to develop diabetes if no family history (n = 320) Not at all/Not very (n = 198) 81 (41) X2 = 9.92, 1 df, p = 0.002
  Quite/Very likely (n = 122) 72 (59)  
Worry that may get diabetes (n = 320) No/Rarely (n = 167) 68 (41) X2 = 5.9, 1 df, p = 0.015
  Sometimes/Often (n = 153) 84 (55)  
Ratio seriousness diabetes to arthritis (n = 314) Diabetes more serious (n = 118) 70 (59) X2 = 11.4, 2 df, p = 0.003
  Diabetes as serious (n = 133) 53 (44)  
  Diabetes less serious (n = 63) 22 (35)  
Ratio seriousness diabetes to cancer (n = 315) Diabetes as serious (n = 110) 55 (50) X2 = 0.29, 1 df, p = 0.59
  Diabetes less serious (n = 205) 96 (47)  
Knowledge that parent with T2D is risk (n = 326) Yes (n = 174) 99 (57) X2 = 13.08, 1 df, p < 0.001
  No (n = 152) 56 (37)  
Knowledge that sibling with T2D is risk (n = 326) Yes (n = 96) 52 (54) X2 = 2.39, 1 df, p = 0.12
  No (n = 230) 104(45)