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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of the study sample

From: German Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation (BSS): psychometric properties from a representative population survey

Sample characteristics Men (N = 1130) Women (N = 1320) Total sample (N = 2450)
Age group, N (%)
 18-24 88 (7.8%) 93 (7.0%) 181 (7.4%)
 25-34 150 (13.3%) 188 (14.2%) 338 (13.8%)
 35-44 183 (16.2%) 218 (16.5%) 401 (16.4%)
 45-54 221 (19.6%) 264 (20.0%) 485 (19.8%)
 55-64 225 (19.9%) 251 (19.0%) 476 (19.4%)
 65-74 177 (15.7%) 183 (13.9%) 360 (14.7%)
 > 74 86 (7.6%) 123 (9.3%) 209 (8.5%)
Living with a partner, N (%) 702 (63.1%) 740 (57.2%) 1442 (59.9%)
Having at least 1 child, N (%) 208 (18.4%) 341 (25.8%) 549 (22.4%)
Member of a church, N (%) 770 (68.5%) 984 (74.8%) 1754 (71.9%)
Level of education attained, N (%)
 Completed Year 9 429 (38.0%) 454 (34.4%) 883 (36.0%)
 Completed Year 10 412 (36.5%) 573 (43.5%) 985 (40.2%)
 Completed Year 12 118 (10.4%) 120 (9.1%) 238 (9.7%)
 University Degree 133 (11.8%) 122 (9.2%) 255 (10.4%)
 Other 38 (3.4%) 51 (3.9%) 89 (3.5%)
Employment status, N (%)
 In Training 48 (4.3%) 47 (3.5%) 95 (3.8%)
 Working (> 35 h) 605 (53.8%) 388 (29.5%) 993 (40.7%)
 Working (< 35 h) 51 (4.5%) 316 (24.0%) 367 (15.0%)
 Unemployed 74 (6.6%) 77 (5.9%) 151 (6.2%)
 Homemaker 10 (0.9%) 93 (7.1%) 103 (4.2%)
 Retired 334 (29.7%) 377 (28.6%) 711 (29.1%)
 Other 2 (0.2%) 18 (1.4%) 20 (0.8%)
 Missing 6 (0.5%) 4 (0.3%) 10 (0.4%)
Monthly household income in €, N (%)
 < 1250 168 (14.9%) 291 (22.0%) 459 (18.7%)
 1250 - 2000 299 (26.5%) 365 (27.7%) 664 (27.1%)
 > 2000 633 (56.0%) 630 (47.7%) 1263 (51.6%)
 Missing 30 (2.7%) 34 (2.6%) 64 (2.6%)