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Table 1 Characteristics of Participants (N = 707)

From: Associations between health literacy and preventive health behaviors among older adults: findings from the health and retirement study

Characteristic Mean +/− SD or %
Age (years) 65.80 +/− 9.05
Gender (Female) 57.1
Race/Ethnicity
 White 92.1
 Black 5.2
 Othera 2.7
 Hispanic 4.4
Education
 0–8 years 1.0
 9–11 years 4.6
 12 years 25.3
 College 45.2
 Post-college 23.9
Marital Status
 Married or Live-in Partner 80.8
 Unmarriedb 19.2
Employment
 Employed 36.4
 Unemployedc 12.4
 Retired 46.8
 Homemaker 4.4
  1. Note: Final sample N = 707. Valid percentages reported due to missing data. HTN = hypertension; SD = standard deviation
  2. aOther race includes American Indian, Alaskan Native, Asian, and Pacific Islander
  3. bUnmarried includes separated, divorced, never married, widowed, and one refusal to respond
  4. cUnemployed includes unemployed and looking for work, laid off, disabled, sick or other leave, and one refusal to respond