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Table 1 Respondents' characteristics (n = 856).

From: Meaning in life in the Federal Republic of Germany: results of a representative survey with the Schedule for Meaning in Life Evaluation (SMiLE)

   n %
Age 16–19 years 51 5.9
  20–29 years 124 14.5
  30–39 years 164 19.1
  40–49 years 161 18.8
  50–59 years 119 14.0
  60–69 years 127 14.8
  70 years and above 110 12.9
Gender Male 423 49.4
  Female 433 50.6
Marital status Single 269 31.6
  Married 428 50.1
  Divorced/Separated 90 10.5
  Widowed 67 7.8
Education Elementary school 205 25.4
  Secondary school 286 35.4
  High school 317 39.2
Occupational status Employed 436 51.0
  Unemployed 420 49.0
Household net income (per month) 999 € or less 82 12.2
  1.000 – 1.999 € 231 34.4
  2.000 – 2.999 € 159 23.7
  3.000 € and more 200 29.8
Residence Less than 5.000 inhabitants 148 17.3
  5.000 – 9.999 149 17.4
  10.000 – 49.999 241 28.1
  50.000 – 99.999 69 8.1
  100.000 and more 249 29.1