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Table 2 Comparison of four indices (general mental health, nutritional status, satisfaction with life and social capital) of health status in Canteen and Non-Canteen groups

From: Community canteen services for the rural elderly: determining impacts on general mental health, nutritional status, satisfaction with life, and social capital

VariablesCanteen Group (n = 140)
Mean (SD)
Non-Canteen Group (n = 144)
Mean (SD)
P values
General mental health (GHQ-12)1.39 (1.95)1.93 (2.36)0.038
Nutritional status (MNA-SF)12.46 (2.03)12.31 (2.22)>  0.05
Satisfaction with life (SWLS)26.80 (4.68)22.88 (5.85)< 0.001
Social capital (SCQ)17.89 (1.38)17.48 (1.64)0.026
  1. Notes: SD Standard Deviation; GHQ-12 the 12-item General Health Questionnaire; MNA-SF the Revised Mini Nutritional Assessment Short-Form; SWLS Satisfaction with Life Scale; SCQ Social Capital Questionnaire