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Table 1 Data from two internet support groups (percentages)

From: A survey of participants in two internet support groups for people with hair-pulling

  Telemailer Trichees chi-square p-values
Gender distribution     
Females 91.2 100 0.985 ns
Males 8.8 0   
Interest in TTM     
I have TTM 85.9 87.5 3.647 ns
My child has TTM 8.7 8.3   
Significant other has TTM 1.8 0   
My friend has TTM 1.8 0   
My child and I have TTM 1.8 0   
Significant other and I have TTM 0 4.2   
Mental health professional 0 0   
Diagnosis and treatment of TTM     
Professionally diagnosed 61.4 70.8 3.635 ns
Not professionally diagnosed 38.6 29.2   
Treated previously, not presently 38.6 41.7   
Treated previously and presently 22.8 37.5   
Never been professionally treated 38.6 20.8   
Means of discovering support group     
Surfing the internet 68.5 91.7 5.402 ns
Support group members 7 0   
Psychologist 3.5 0   
Allied mental health professional 1.8 0   
Friend 1.8 0   
Family member/ significant other 1.8 0   
Additional resources 15.6 8.3   
Length of time belonging to group     
More than 12 months 63.1 8.3 29.951 <0.001
6 – 12 months 12.3 20.8   
3 – 6 months 8.8 33.3   
1 – 3 months 12.3 8.3   
1 week to 1 month 3.5 12.5   
Less than 1 week 0 16.7   
Frequency read and/or respond to messages     
More than once a day 8.8 8.3 4.676 ns
Once a day 26.3 41.7   
Less than once a day 15.8 20.8   
Weekly 19.3 25   
Monthly 14 0   
Time spend making use of support group     
Less than one hour per week 45.6 16.7 6.182 ns
1 – 2 hours per week 31.6 50   
2 – 5 hours per week 15.8 25   
More than 5 hours per week 7 8.3   
Seeking professional help     
Support group was very helpful 10.5 15.5 6.548 ns
Only somewhat helpful 26.3 16.7   
Somewhat helpful 8.8 8.3   
Unhelpful 26.3 8.3   
Already sought professional help 28.1 54.2   
The John Kender Diet     
Attempted, with good results 33.3 0 18.195 <0.001
Attempted, without good results 19.3 12.5   
Did not attempt the diet 45.6 66.7   
Never heard about the diet 1.8 20.8   
The Fish Oil Diet     
Attempted, with good results 0 10 4.600 ns
Attempted, without good results 9.1 40   
Did not attempt the diet 81.8 40   
Never heard about the diet 9.1 10   
Mislead by information from support group     
Yes 12.3 4.2 2.480 ns
Maybe 8.8 4.2   
I don't think so 54.4 70.8   
No 24.6 20.8   
Helpfulness to family and friends     
Support group was helpful 40.4 33.3 2.004 ns
Support group was unhelpful 19.3 25   
Did not share TTM 31.6 37.5