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Table 1 Characteristics of the study sample at baseline (N = 59)

From: Predictors of physical and mental health in persons with morbid obesity attending a patient education course – a two-year follow-up study

Characteristics Scale All Men Women   
N = 59 n = 16 n = 43
Socio-demographic variables   M (SD) M (SD) M (SD) t p
 Age   44.2 (9.7) 46.3 (7.7) 43.5 (10.4) 0.98 0.33
   n (%) n (%) n (%) χ2 p
 Working   41 (69.5) 12 (75.0) 29 (67.4) 0.31 0.58
 Education >12 years   22 (37.3) 5 (31.3) 17 (39.5) 0.34 0.56
 Paired relationship   41 (69.5) 14 (87.5) 27 (62.8) 3.36 0.07
Personal variables   M (SD) M (SD) M (SD) t p
 Self-esteem (RSES-4, high scores = low self-esteem) 4–16 9.3 (2.7) 9.1 (2.5) 9.4 (2.8) −0.42 0.68
 Self-efficacy (GSE, high scores = high self-efficacy) 10–40 26.9 (6.2) 26.6 (6.4) 27.0 (6.2) −0.23 0.82
Clinical variables   n (%) n (%) n (%) χ2 p
 Performed surgery   31.3 (66.1) 11 (68.8) 44 (74.6) 0.39a 0.52
Health-related quality of life (high scores = high quality)   M (SD) M (SD) M (SD) t p
 Physical health 0–100 32.8 (12.5) 31.9 (11.7) 33.2 (12.9) −0.35 0.73
 Mental health 0–100 45.9 (11.5) 46.2 (9.6) 45.8 (12.2) 0.12 0.91
  1. aFisher’s Exact Test.