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Table 2 Sample characteristics by gender for partners of People with Cancer (PPWC)

From: Feeling well and talking about sex: psycho-social predictors of sexual functioning after cancer

  Women Men Test for group difference Significance Effect size
Variable n M (SD) n M (SD) F p η2
Partner age 87 54.1 (13.5) 61 54.8 (11.1) 0.11 0.738 0.001
Years since partner’s first diagnosis 87 2.9 (2.0) 61 2.9 (2.0) 0.01 0.932 0.000
Length of current relationship 87 25.0 (16.2) 61 23.8 (13.2) 0.24 0.629 0.002
  n % n % χ2 p φ
Ethnicity:      0.85 0.653 0.056
 Aust/White European 82 97.6 57 95.0    
 Asian 1 1.2 2 3.3
 Other 1 1.2 1 1.7
Cancer type:      60.10 <0.001 0.297
 Breast 4 4.6 29 48.3    
 Gynecologic 4 4.6 9 15
 Prostate 35 40.2 2 3.3
 Genitourinary (other) 6 6.9 - -
 Hematological/Blood 15 17.2 10 16.7
 Digestive/Gastrointestinal 11 12.6 6 10.0
 Neurologic 2 2.3 1 1.7
 Skin 2 2.3 1 1.7
 Othera 8 9.2 2 3.3
Cancer classification:      1.60 0.207 0.104
 Sexual cancer type 49 56.3 40 66.7    
 Non-sexual cancer type 38 43.7 20 33.3
Stage of disease:      3.11 0.375 0.095
 No longer detectable/In remission 52 59.8 41 67.2    
 Receiving treatment 2 2.3 3 4.9
 Otherb 33 37.9 17 27.9
Relationship status:      0.12 0.896 0.011
 Partnered – Living together 79 90.8 55 90.2    
 Partnered – Not living together 8 9.2 6 9.8
Sexual orientation:      36.16 0.525 0.086
 Heterosexual 79 90.8 55 90.2    
 Non heterosexual 8 9.2 6 9.8
Current sexual relationship:      0.12 0.729 0.039
 Yes 70 81.4 51 83.6    
 No 16 18.6 10 16.4    
  1. Note a “Other” includes: Respiratory/Thoracic, Head & Neck, various, each less than 1.5%; b “Other” includes: a new different cancer; active monitoring; outcome not specified.
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