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Table 1 Characteristics of soldiers exposed and unexposed to the avalanche at Vassdalen in 1986

From: The trajectory of symptom burden in exposed and unexposed survivors of a major avalanche disaster: a 30 year long-term follow-up study

  Exposed (n = 12) Unexposed (n = 9) P-values
Age    0.9801
 Mean age (SD) 52.4 (0.87) 52.4 (0.91)  
 Mean age at time of avalanche (SD) 20.5 (0.87) 20.5 (0.91)  
 Median age 52.3 52.3  
 Median age at time of avalanche 20.5 20.5  
  n (%) n (%)  
Education    0.1352
 University 5 (42) 4 (44)  
 High school or trade school 5 (42) 5 (56)  
 Grade school 2 (16) 0 (0)  
Current living situation    0.1542
 Married or in a relationship 7 (58) 7 (78)  
 Single, divorced or widowed 5 (42) 2 (22)  
Employment status    0.6033
 Working 9 (75) 8 (89)  
 On disability 3 (25) 1 (11)  
Children    0.3782
 0 2 (17) 1 (12)  
 1–2 8 (66) 4 (44)  
 3–4 2 (17) 4 (44)  
Did the disaster affect your physical health negatively?    0.0053
 Yes 8 (67) 0 (0)  
 No 4 (33) 9 (100)  
Did the disaster affect your mental health negatively?    0.0243
 Yes 8 (67) 1 (11)  
 No 4 (33) 8 (89)  
Any suicidal thoughts since the accident?    1.0003
 Yes 2 (13) 1 (11)  
 No 10 (67) 8 (89)  
Any PTEs before or after the accident?    0.6733
 Yes 8 (67) 5 (56)  
 No 4 (33) 4 (44)  
  1. 1T-test (2-tailed, equal variances assumed)
  2. 2Pearson chi-square (2-sided)
  3. 3Fisher’s exact test (2-sided)