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Table 6 Means, standard deviations and percentiles of the PSS-10 factor “perceived helplessness” according to sex and age

From: The German version of the Perceived Stress Scale – psychometric characteristics in a representative German community sample

  Total (N = 2463)
age group 14-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70+
Mean 8.0 7.6 7.1 7.5 7.2 6.1 6.9
SD 4.8 4.7 4.5 4.3 4.4 3.9 4.1
5 % 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
25 % 4 4 4 4 4 3 4
50 % 8 7 7 7 7 6 6
75 % 11 11 10 10 10 9 9
95 % 16 16 16 16 15 13 15
  Female (n = 1315)
age group 14-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70+
Mean 8.7 8.2 7.4 7.6 7.5 6.9 7.4
SD 4.2 5.0 4.6 4.2 4.7 3.7 4.2
5 % 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
25 % 6 4 4 5 4 5 4
50 % 9 8 7 7 7 7 7
75 % 12 12 10 10 11 9 10
95 % 15 17 16 15 15 13 15
  Male (n = 1148)
age group 14-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70+
Mean 7.5 6.9 6.8 7.5 6.8 5.3 6.2
SD 5.1 4.3 4.4 4.4 4.1 3.8 3.9
5 % 1 1 1 1 1 0 1
25 % 4 4 3 4 3 2 3
50 % 6 6 7 7 7 5 6
75 % 11 10 9 10 10 8 9
95 % 17 15 16 16 14 12 15