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Table 1 Sociodemographic characteristics of categories with number of borderline personality disorder (BPD) symptoms in the general population (N = 5303), in weighted column percentages

From: Prevalence rates of borderline personality disorder symptoms: a study based on the Netherlands Mental Health Survey and Incidence Study-2

  Total 0 BPD symptoms 1–2 BPD symptoms 3–4 BPD symptoms ≥5 BPD symptoms P value
n (%) 5303 (100) 3783 (69.9) 1276 (25.2) 186 (3.8) 58 (1.1)  
Sociodemographic characteristics       
Female gender 49.5 50.1 46.0 56.0 72.6 .000c,e
Age at interview       .023
 21–37 32.0 30.2 36.3 37.9 31.1  
 38–47 24.5 24.1 24.8 27.3 30.9  
 48–57 23.3 24.0 21.5 21.7 26.3  
 58–67 20.2 21.7 17.4 13.0 11.7  
Education       .000a,b
 Lower secondary 29.5 26.9 35.1 36.9 43.4  
 Higher secondary 41.6 42.3 39.4 44.4 40.6  
 Higher professional/university 28.8 30.8 25.5 18.7 15.9  
Living without partner 29.9 26.7 34.2 51.0 62.1 .000a,b,c,d,e
No paid job 24.8 23.2 25.6 43.1 47.4 .000b,c,d,e
  1. a: category 0 symptoms versus category 1–2 symptoms was significantly different (P < .01; in bold at P < .001)
  2. b: category 0 symptoms versus category 3–4 symptoms was significantly different (P < .01; in bold at P < .001)
  3. c: category 0 symptoms versus category ≥ 5 symptoms was significantly different (P < .01; in bold at P < .001)
  4. d: category 1–2 symptoms versus category 3–4 symptoms was significantly different (P < .01; in bold at P < .001)
  5. e: category 1–2 symptoms versus category ≥ 5 symptoms was significantly different (P < .01; in bold at P < .001)
  6. f: category 3–4 symptoms versus category ≥ 5 symptoms was significantly different (P < .01; in bold at P < .001)