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Table 1 Demographic characteristics and disaster-related factors measured at wave 1 (N = 1567)

From: Disaster exposure as a risk factor for mental health problems, eighteen months, four and ten years post-disaster – a longitudinal study

  % % missing
Male gender 47.1 0.06
Mean age Mean = 42.1 0.2
Native Dutch 69.1 3.0
Paid job 55.5 3.2
High educational level 45.8 4.3
Smoking 38.3 2.9
≥ 1 Chronic diseases 29.9 19.7
House destroyed due to disaster 21.8 3.3
Injury self due to disaster 7.2 1.5
Lost a loved one due to disastera 6.0 1.5
Witnessed injured victimsb 67.3 0
Witnessed deceased victims 11.1 0
Heard yelling individualsb 59.9 0
Felt heart palpitationsb 47.2 0
Felt intense anxietyb 62.2 0
Fled from explosions and/or fireb 63.2 0
Helped affected victimsb 48.6 0
Feelings of guilt and/or shame 8.3 22.0
Confusion 39.6 15.8
  1. a Lost a family member, colleague or a friend. One percent of the survivors lost a family member (n = 19).
  2. b The item was coded as ‘no’ when it was not ticked.