Table 1

Distribution of demographic, health and personality variables by number of breakups

FemalesMalesP value
Total number149930.8%336369.2%
Number of partnership breakups/divorces<0.0001
None and never cohabitated*573.8%1665.0%
Number of years lived alone0.0072
Age (mean and SD† in years)52.74.3555.33.22<0.0001
Educational level0.13
Original cohort‡<0.0001
Number of chronic diseases§0.8263
Present acute inflammation¶0.2906
Recent medicinal intake**0.0108
Number of eMLE††<0.0001
 Under weight (18.5<BMI<25)342.3%140.4%
 Normal weight (BMI <25)78752.5%122936.8%
 Overweight (25<BMI<30)47131.4%158247.6%
 Obese (BMI >30)20713.8%51115.3%
Personality score§§
 Neuroticism (median, Q1, Q3)18241621<0.0001
 Agreeableness (median, Q1, Q3)35393336<0.0001
 Conscientiousness (median, Q1, Q3)343734370.1213
  • *Excluded from analyses on numbers of partnerships breakups.

  • † SD, standard deviation.

  • ‡ Cohorts: Metropolit cohort (men only); DALWUH, Danish Longitudinal Study on Work, Unemployment and Health; CPC, Copenhagen perinatal cohort

  • § Chronic diseases: allergies, diabetes, hypertension, myocardial infarction, stroke, lung disease (including asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema), autoimmune diseases and arthritis, cancer including leukaemia, mental disorders.

  • ¶ Acute inflammation includes information on recent inflammatory events or dentist’s appointments, infections, fever, or vaccinations.

  • **Pharmaceutical intake of inflammatory importance: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), statins, steroids and immunosuppressive agents.

  • ††eMLE: early major life events.

  • ‡‡Body mass index, kg/m2

  • §§Q1, lower quartile; Q3, upper quartile.