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Table 2 Distribution of life events and mean age at experience, by study groups (%)

From: Breast cancer, psychological distress and life events among young women

  Cases Controls Events Age
Severe life events % Age % Age P P
Loss of a close relative 51.9 28.0 44.5 25.5 0.070 0.042
Loss of a spouse 1.7 28.0 6.4 25.2 0.189 0.841
Parents divorce before age 20 9.7 No data 6.4 No data 0.122 --
Loss of a parent before age 20 10.1 No data 7.5 No data 0.192 --
Moderate to mild events       
Spouse separation 19.8 29.0 18.6 29.0 0.714 0.655
Job loss 22.7 32.6 18.0 32.6 0.181 0.548
Economic crisis 14.3 33.5 15.9 33.5 0.607 0.418
Severe illness 5.1 29.9 7.8 29.9 0.173 0.815
Severe illness of a close relative 32 32.0 30.1 32.0 0.459 0.322
Other severe event 31.2 30.8 20.7 30.8 0.003 0.555
Having one event 26.8 No data 33.6 No data 0.094 --
Having two and more events 52.0 No data 43.9 No data 0.065 --