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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of patients treated by German practice-based Specialists for Psychosomatic Medicine; total sample (n = 342), comparison of patients with one year (n = 271) versus those with two years of treatment (n = 71)

From: Course of self-reported symptoms of 342 outpatients receiving medium- versus long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy

  Total
sample
Treatment
1 year
Treatment
2 years
n = 342 n = 271 n = 71
n % n % n %
Gender       
 Male 125 36.5 104 38.4 21 29.6
 Female 217 63.5 167 61.6 50 70.4
Age in years       
 Mean (SD) 45.5 (12.0) 45.9 (12.1) 44.0 (11.4)
 Range 22–81 22–81 26–75
Age groups       
 up to 30 years 36 10.5 28 10.3 8 11.3
 30–39 years 77 22.5 57 21.0 20 28.2
 40–49 years 92 26.9 74 27.3 18 25.4
 50–59 years 99 28.9 80 29.5 19 26.8
 60+ years 38 11.1 32 11.8 6 8.5
Educationa       
 Year 9 or less 37 10.8 30 11.2 7 9.9
 Year 9 w/ prof. training 48 14.0 37 13.8 11 15.5
 Year 10 w/ prof. training 98 28.7 80 29.7 18 25.4
 Year 13, w/ or w/out prof. training 84 24.6 64 23.8 20 28.2
 Year 13, w/ university 73 21.3 58 21.6 15 21.1
Employment status       
 Full-time 142 41.5 112 41.3 30 42.3
 Part-time 61 17.8 52 19.2 9 12.7
 Unemployed 48 14.0 35 12.9 13 18.3
 Other 91 26.6 72 26.6 19 26.8
Relationship status       
 No partner 134 39.2 105 38.7 29 40.8
 Married 115 33.6 92 33.9 23 32.4
 Partner, not married 93 27.2 74 27.3 19 26.8
  1. aEducation following categorization as applied in the German national KiGGS Survey (Lange et al., 2007)
  2. *Significant group differences at p < .05 level (chi-square tests; for age: t-test statistic for independent samples)