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Table 2 Minimum, maximum, mean and standard deviation of the items of the causal dimension of the RIPQ (N = 157)

From: Causal attribution among women with breast cancer

Cause Category Minimum Maximum Mean SD
Stress or worry Psychological Attribution 1 5 3.98 1.124
Emotional condition Psychological Attribution 1 5 3.57 1.307
Family problems or worries Psychological Attribution 1 5 3.49 1.394
Alterations in the body’s defenses Biological Risk Factor 1 5 3.48 1.289
Hereditary factors Biological Risk Factor 1 5 3.29 1.554
My personal behavior Behavioral Risk Factor 1 5 3.22 1.346
Fate or Bad luck Bad luck/Fate 1 5 3.01 1.439
My way of being (personality) Psychological Attribution 1 5 2.96 1.339
Overwork Work-related Cause 1 5 2.91 1.452
Negative mental attitude Psychological Attribution 1 5 2.78 1.347
Little medical care in the past Lack of Access to Resources 1 5 2.75 1.472
Eating habits Behavioral Risk Factor 1 5 2.71 1.374
Environmental Pollution Chemicals 1 5 2.61 1.314
Smoking Behavioral Risk Factor 1 5 2.46 1.483
Aging Biological Risk Factor 1 5 2.43 1.252
Overweight Biological Risk Factor 1 5 2.39 1.328
Microbe or virus Biological Risk Factor 1 5 2.24 1.094
Accident or injury Biological Risk Factor 1 5 2.01 1.038