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Table 1 Descriptive statistics for T1 independent variables for the total sample and couples with early dissolution, late dissolution, and no dissolution, respectively

From: Long shadows: a prospective study of predictors of relationship dissolution over 17 child-rearing years

  Total sample (n = 500) Early dissolution (n = 120) Late dissolution (n = 83) No dissolution (n = 297) Between groups ANOVA
  M SD Range M SD M SD M SD F
Emotional partner support 4.44 0.71 1-5 4.21 0.76 4.30 0.86 4.57 0.61 13.01**
Expression of criticism 2.58 1.23 1-5 2.99 1.19 2.50 1.31 2.44 1.19 8.71**
Psychological distress, HSCL 1.32 0.31 1-4 1.39 0.30 1.39 0.38 1.28 0.28 7.58**
Temperamental emotionality 2.51 0.51 1-5 2.57 0.49 2.60 0.52 2.46 0.51 3.47*
Temperamental sociability 3.80 0.58 1-5 3.80 0.61 3.89 0.55 3.78 0.57 1.11
Child related strains 0.00 0.52   0.05 0.45 0.15 0.41 −0.05 0.56 5.45**
Living condition strains 1.30 0.44   1.41 0.48 1.31 0.40 1.26 0.43 5.16**
Background variables:           
Age 30.3 4.7 19-44 28.6 5.0 29.6 4.4 31.3 4.4 16.44**
Number of children 1.65 0.65 1-6 1.61 0.79 1.52 0.65 1.70 0.82 1.58
Financial situation 3.65 0.76 1-5 3.40 0.74 3.67 0.75 3.75 0.74 9.30**
Educational length 6.27 1.37 1-8 5.84 1.34 5.96 1.32 6.52 1.34 13.41**
Marital statusa 0.74 0.44 1-8 0.57 0.50 0.74 0.44 0.81 0.39 13.69**
  1. aMarital status: 0 = unmarried, 1 = married.
  2. M = Mean, SD = standard deviation.
  3. **p < .01; *p < .05.