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Table 2 Description of Family Study Cohort (2012) (N = 9872)

From: Association of military life experiences and health indicators among military spouses

CharacteristicaNbPrevalence, (95% Confidence Interval)c
Spouse Demographic Characteristics
 Gender
  Male127314.0 (12.9–15.1)
  Female859986.0 (84.9–87.1)
 Age, years
  17–24226928.3 (27–29.6)
  25–34639162.1 (60.7–63.4)
  35+12089.6 (8.9–10.4)
 Race/ethnicity
  White, non-Hispanic768871.0 (69.6–72.4)
  Black, non-Hispanic4118.1 (7.1–9.1)
  Other172020.9 (19.7–22.1)
 Educational attainment
  High school graduate, GED or less127816.4 (15.3–17.5)
  Some college/associate degree456953.2 (51.8–54.5)
  Bachelor’s degree or higher400330.4 (29.2–31.6)
 Number of children
  0362336.8 (35.4–38.1)
  1279929.3 (28–30.5)
  2+220034.0 (32.7–35.3)
 Employment status
  Full-time343335.1 (33.8–36.4)
  Part-time127812.8 (11.9–13.7)
  Unemployed138016.3 (15.2–17.4)
  Homemaker/student375435.8 (34.5–37.1)
 Household income
  Less than $25,000113615.0 (14–16.1)
  $25,000–$49,999418850.3 (48.9–51.6)
  $50,000–$74,999232121.5 (20.4–22.6)
  $75,000 or more209113.2 (12.4–14)
 Military service
  Never810780.6 (79.4–81.7)
  Former84010.1 (9.2–11)
  Current9169.4 (8.5–10.2)
Service member military characteristics
 Service component
  Active duty768578.9 (77.8–80)
  Reserve/National Guard218721.1 (20–22.2)
 Pay grade
  Enlisted745391.0 (90.5–91.5)
  Warrant or commissioned officer24199.0 (8.5–9.5)
 Service branch
  Army456350.3 (48.9–51.7)
  Navy140714.2 (13.3–15.2)
  Marine Corps93215.3 (14.2–16.4)
  Air Force269417.4 (16.4–18.3)
  Coast Guard2762.8 (2.4–3.2)
Social and military support
 Spouse is bothered by having no one to turn to
  Not bothered (1)d712270.1 (68.8–71.4)
  Bothered a little (2)178319.3 (18.2–20.4)
  Bothered a lot (3)83610.6 (9.6–11.5)
  Mean (SE)1.40(0.10)
 Spouse has someone to turn to for suggestions on dealing with personal problems
  Strongly disagree (0)2803.4 (2.8–3.9)
  Disagree (1)5025.6 (5–6.3)
  Neither agree nor disagree (2)95611.1 (10.2–12)
  Agree (3)440143.7 (42.3–45)
  Strongly agree (4)359836.2 (34.9–37.5)
  Mean (SE)3.04(0.01)
 Spouse has someone to tell them honestly how they’re handling problems
  Strongly disagree (0)3073.5 (3–4)
  Disagree (1)5186.0 (5.3–6.8)
  Neither agree nor disagree (2)98410.6 (9.7–11.5)
  Agree (3)434643.4 (42.1–44.8)
  Strongly agree (4)357536.4 (35.1–37.8)
  Mean (SE)3.03(0.01)
 Support from family or friends
  Not at all (0)4295.1 (4.5–5.8)
  A little bit (1)108011.7 (10.8–12.6)
  Moderately (2)162517.0 (15.9–18)
  Quite a bit (3)318330.6 (29.4–31.9)
  Extremely (4)346235.5 (34.2–36.8)
  Mean (SE)2.80(0.02)
 Military efforts to help spouse and family
  Poor (0)176219.8 (18.7–20.9)
  Fair (1)240025.2 (24–26.4)
  Good (2)295929.2 (28–30.4)
  Very good (3)162715.1 (14.1–16)
  Excellent (4)98210.7 (9.8–11.6)
  Mean (SE)1.72(0.02)
 Military efforts to help service member
  Poor (0)156418.2 (17.1–19.3)
  Fair (1)217622.8 (21.6–24)
  Good (2)296629.7 (28.4–30.9)
  Very good (3)192017.7 (16.7–18.7)
  Excellent (4)110211.6 (10.7–12.5)
  Mean (SE):1.82(0.02)
Military stressors
 Deployment stress (mean of 3 items each ranging from 0 to 4)9679 
  Mean (SE)1.6060(0.02)
 Injury stress (mean of 3 items each ranging from 0 to 4)9679 
  Mean (SE)0.6767(0.02)
 Family stress (mean of 3 items each ranging from 0 to 4)9680 
  Mean (SE)1.6767(0.02)
 Permanent change of station stress
  Never experienced (0)475249.3 (47.9–50.7)
  Not at all stressful (1)109812.3 (11.3–13.2)
  Slightly stressful (2)135713.6 (12.7–14.6)
  Moderately stressful (3)127912.6 (11.7–13.5)
  Very stressful (4)109712.1 (11.2–13.1)
  Mean (SE)1.26(0.02)
  1. Note. BMI body mass index, GED general equivalency diploma
  2. aAll characteristics refer to the Family Study (spouse) respondent unless otherwise indicated.
  3. bN’s are unweighted and do not consistently add up to 9872 because of missing data. The number missing ranges from 0 (gender and service member military characteristics) to 289 (permanent change of station stress)
  4. cPrevalence estimates are weighted to represent the target population. The unweighted percentage can be calculated using the N for a given row as the numerator and the sum of the N’s for a given characteristic as the denominator.
  5. dNumbers in parentheticals indicate the coding used in regression models.