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Table 1 Baseline demographic, military, and behavioral characteristics by marital statusa

From: Associations of military divorce with mental, behavioral, and physical health outcomes

  Recently divorced Stayed married Total
  n =1545 n = 27,769 n =29,314
Baseline characteristicsb n (%) n (%) n (%)
Sex   
 Male 959 62.07 22800 82.11 23759 81.05
 Female 586 37.93 4969 17.89 5555 18.95
Age  
 Born before 1960 236 15.28 7581 27.30 7817 26.67
 1960-1969 668 43.24 13195 47.52 13863 47.29
 1970-1979 599 38.77 6767 24.37 7366 25.13
 1980 and after 42 2.72 226 0.81 268 0.91
Education  
 Some college or less 1212 78.45 18289 65.86 19501 66.52
 Bachelor’s degree or higher 333 21.55 9480 34.14 9813 33.48
Race/Ethnicity  
 White, non-Hispanic 1098 71.07 20171 72.64 21269 72.56
 Black, non-Hispanic 214 13.85 2853 10.27 3067 10.46
 Other 233 15.08 4745 17.09 4978 16.98
Combat deployment  
 Not deployed 1030 66.67 19076 68.70 20106 68.59
 Deployed, without combat 279 18.06 4345 15.65 4624 15.77
 Deployed, with combat 236 15.28 4348 15.66 4584 15.64
Prior deployment  
 Yes 445 28.80 9053 32.60 9498 32.40
 No 1100 71.20 18716 67.40 19816 67.60
Military pay grade  
 Enlisted 1263 81.75 18807 67.73 20070 68.47
 Officer 282 18.25 8962 32.27 9244 31.53
Service component  
 Active duty 873 56.50 14951 53.84 15824 53.98
 Reserve/National Guard 672 43.50 12818 46.16 13490 46.02
Service branch  
 Army 721 46.67 12940 46.60 13661 46.60
 Navy/Coast Guard 228 14.76 4373 15.75 4601 15.70
 Air Force 538 34.82 9432 33.97 9970 34.01
 Marines 58 3.75 1024 3.69 1082 3.69
Military occupation  
 Combat specialist 273 17.67 6402 23.05 6675 22.77
 Health care 165 10.68 2997 10.79 3162 10.79
 Other 1107 71.65 18370 66.15 19477 66.44
History of potential alcohol dependencec  
 Yes 296 19.16 4617 16.63 4913 16.76
 No 1249 80.84 23152 83.37 24401 83.24
Smoking status  
 Current smoker 317 20.52 3958 14.25 4275 14.58
 Other 1228 79.48 23811 85.75 25039 85.42
Body mass indexd  
 Underweight and normal weight 701 45.37 8670 31.22 9371 31.97
 Overweight 717 46.41 15975 57.53 16692 56.94
 Obese 127 8.22 3124 11.25 3251 11.09
Mental component summary scoree  
 Lowest 15th percentile 296 19.16 2568 9.25 2864 9.77
 Middle 70th percentile 1043 67.51 19553 70.41 20596 70.26
 Highest 15th percentile 206 13.33 5648 20.34 5854 19.97
Physical component summary scoree  
 Lowest 15th percentile 188 12.17 3604 12.98 3792 12.94
 Middle 70th percentile 1065 68.93 20675 74.45 21740 74.16
 Highest 15th percentile 292 18.90 3490 12.57 3782 12.90
  1. a Participants in this study completed a baseline survey in 2001–2003 and completed a follow-up survey in 2004–2006. Marital status assessed from baseline to first follow-up, where those who were “recently divorced” were married at their baseline survey and got divorced before their follow-up survey, those who “stayed married” were married throughout the study period
  2. b All characteristics were significantly associated with exposure at p < 0.05, except for service branch (p = 0.74)
  3. c Potential alcohol dependence is defined as at least 1 positive response to the CAGE questionnaire (Cutting down, Annoyance by criticism, Guilty feeling, and Eye-openers)
  4. d Body mass index is defined using Center for Disease Control and Prevention standards of Underweight (Less than 18.5 kg/m2), Normal range (18.5-24.99), Overweight (25–29.9), and Obese (≥30.0)
  5. e Mental component summary score and physical component summary score are obtained from the Short Form-36 Question Health Survey for Veterans (SF-36 V)