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Table 2 Percents of stressful life events in case-control participants and in all participants

From: Association of stress management skills and stressful life events with allergy risk: a case-control study in southern China

Self-reported events N (%) Case participants
(n = 1340)
Control participants
(n = 2662)
P* All participants
(n = 25,938)a
Disease or death 328 (24.5) 346 (13.0) <0.001 5786 (22.3)
 Personal injury or illness 234 (17.5) 189 (7.1) <0.001 2590 (10.0)
 Severe disease of family member or close friend 82 (6.1) 83 (3.1) <0.001 1133 (4.4)
 Death of family member or close friend 68 (5.1) 106 (4.0) 0.110 953 (3.7)
Conflicts in personal relationships 396 (29.6) 533 (20.0) <0.001 7587 (29.3)
 Interpersonal disharmony 150 (11.2) 176 (6.6) <0.001 2039 (7.9)
 Family discord 59 (4.4) 72 (2.7) 0.004 771 (3.0)
 Marital disruption 30 (2.2) 32 (1.2) 0.012 378 (1.5)
 Trouble from children 91 (6.8) 116 (4.4) 0.001 1400 (5.4)
 Split up from boyfriend or girlfriend 212 (15.8) 290 (10.9) <0.001 3040 (11.7)
Life changes or other events 832 (62.1) 1343 (50.0) <0.001 16,136 (62.2)
 Overwork 561 (41.9) 814 (30.6) <0.001 8672 (33.4)
 Economic plight 288 (21.5) 464 (17.4) 0.002 5554 (21.4)
 Career change 46 (3.4) 63 (2.4) 0.051 1030 (4.0)
 Living environment change 221 (16.5) 365 (13.7) 0.019 3990 (15.4)
 Lifestyle change 191 (14.3) 306 (11.5) 0.013 3444 (13.3)
 Suffer a criminal or civil penalty 3 (0.2) 0 (0.0) 0.015 17 (0.1)
Total stressful events
 Any stressful event 1000(74.6) 1595(59.9) <0.001 17,075(65.8)
 Number of stressful events    <0.001  
  0 340 (25.4) 1067 (40.1)   8863 (34.2)
  1 or 2 663 (49.5) 1251 (47.0)   12,498 (48.2)
   ≥ 3 337 (25.1) 344 (12.9)   4577 (17.6)
  1. * Values of P for comparison of people with and without allergies were calculated using the chi-squared test. Significant differences are highlighted in bold. aSubjects over 18 years old