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Table 7 Comparison of sociodemographic characteristics (1996–2004 versus 2008–2012)

From: Pharmacotherapy of borderline personality disorder: what has changed over two decades? A retrospective evaluation of clinical practice

 Sociodemographic characteristics 
2008–20121996–2004
N = 87N = 139Fisher’s exact (p value)
married9.223**0.0076
partnership27.659.7** < 0.0001
 N = 70N = 131 
frequent partner changes32.916.8*0.0126
 N = 81N = 110 
none7.49.1***0.7946
higher secondary school30.927.3***0.6294
lower secondary school39.524.5***0.0389
high school degree18.534.5***0.0150
 N = 85N = 138 
unemployed32.945.7****0,0689
student10.68.7****0,6438
unskilled occupation8.28.7****0.9999
skilled occupation8.28.0****0.9999
vocational training14.17.2****0,1010
 N = 85N = 92 
relatives with psychiatric diagnosis38.877.2* < 0.0001
 N = 85N = 58 
relatives with possible BPD42.286.2* < 0.0001
  1. Rates in %; references is N = number of patients with complete data set. Bonferroni correction for multiple comparisons *p < 0.05 (1 test); **p < 0.025 (2 tests); ***p < 0.0125 (4 tests); ****p < 0.01 (5 tests). Significant p-values are highlighted in bold