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Table 4 Mental distress (MD) in husbands and wives as predictors of divorce 1-16 years later

From: Mental distress predicts divorce over 16 years: the HUNT study

  Analysis 1 All couples included Analysis 2 Excluding couples who divorced within 4 years after baseline Analysis 3 Excluding couples who divorced within 8 years after baseline
Model HR p 95% CI HR p 95% CI HR p 95% CI
Model 1: main effects
Husbands’ mental distress 1.83 .000 1.60–2.08 1.33 .005 1.09–1.62 1.34 .042 1.01–1.76
Wives’ mental distress 1.95 .000 1.72–2.21 1.61 .000 1.34–1.94 1.62 .000 1.25–2.10
Model 2: main effects and interaction
Husbands’ mental distress 2.08 .000 1.79–2.41 1.54 .000 1.24–1.91 1.54 .005 1.14–2.09
Wives’ mental distress 2.19 .000 1.90–2.52 1.82 .000 1.50–2.21 1.83 .000 1.39–2.40
Interaction: Husbands’ MD by Wives’ MD 0.61 .002 0.45–0.83 0.49 .007 0.29–0.82 0.49 .059 0.24–1.03
Model 3: main effects adjusted for demographic variables 1 3
Husbands’ mental distress 2.07 .000 1.81–2.36 1.54 .000 1.26–1.87 1.58 .001 1.20–2.09
Wives’ mental distress 2.48 .000 2.19–2.82 2.15 .000 1.79–2.58 2.26 .000 1.74–2.92
Model 4: main effects adjusted for demographic variables 1 3 and covariates 2 3
Husbands’ mental distress 1.90 .000 1.65–2.18 1.45 .001 1.17–1.78 1.51 .006 1.13–2.02
Wives’ mental distress 2.36 .000 2.05–2.71 1.96 .000 1.61–2.39 2.08 .000 1.57–2.74
Model 5: main effects and interaction adjusted for demographic variables 1 3 and covariates 2 3
Husbands’ mental distress 2.10 .000 1.79–2.45 1.63 .000 1.30–2.04 1.69 .001 1.24–2.32
Wives’ mental distress 2.59 .000 2.22–3.02 2.17 .000 1.76–2.68 2.29 .000 1.70–3.07
Interaction: Husbands’ MD* Wives’ MD 0.67 .010 0.49–0.91 0.55 .024 0.32–0.92 0.56 .120 0.27–1.16
  1. 1Age, education, years of marriage, children living at home.
  2. 2Physical health, alcohol use, social support.
  3. 3All demographic variables and covariates were entered for husbands and wives, respectively, except for age, years of marriage and children living at home, which were measured at the couple level and entered only once.