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Table 1 Characteristics of cohort members by caregiver status, Thai Cohort Study 2009

From: Psychological distress and mental health of Thai caregivers

Cohort characteristics N = 60,569 Overall Caregiver status (column %)
   Non-caregiver 65.9% Part-time caregiver 27.5% Full-time caregiver 6.6%
Demographic characteristics     
Sex     
  Male 45.3 43.8 47.5 48.4
  Female 54.8 56.2 52.5 51.6
Age (year)     
  20-29 27.4 29.7 24.5 18.0
  30-39 42.6 43.4 41.6 38.5
  40+ 30.0 26.9 33.9 43.5
Marital status     
  Married 55.3 54.0 55.8 65.6
  Never married 37.9 39.3 34.5 26.1
  Separated, divorced, widowed 6.8 6.7 6.7 8.3
Socio-geographic characteristics     
Household monthly income (Baht) *     
  <10,000 18.8 17.9 20.2 20.8
  10,000-19,999 22.4 23.4 21.0 18.9
  20,000-30,000 35.7 36.3 35.1 33.3
  >30,000 23.1 22.5 23.8 27.0
Work status     
  Doing paid work 73.2 74.9 71.1 66.5
  Unpaid family workers 7.3 6.6 7.9 11.4
  Seeking work 2.2 2.1 2.3 2.6
  Others 17.3 16.3 18.7 19.5
Geographical residence     
  Rural residence 44.0 41.4 48.2 51.7
  Urban residence 56.0 58.6 51.9 48.3
Health covariates     
  Regular smokers - yes 7.7 7.3 8.4 8.0
  Regular alcohol drinkers - yes 13.7 13.0 14.2 15.5
Social contacts     
  Colleagues:     
   Every week 21.3 20.4 23.0 22.4
   Once or twice per month 22.6 22.4 23.8 19.5
   Rarely or never 56.2 57.2 53.2 58.1
  Neighbours:     
   Every week 8.9 8.8 9.3 9.4
   Once or twice per month 14.1 14.0 14.7 13.0
   Rarely or never 77.0 77.3 76.1 77.7
  Friends:     
   Every week 16.2 15.0 17.8 20.8
   Once or twice per month 14.5 13.7 16.0 16.4
   Rarely or never 69.3 71.3 66.2 62.8
  1. *1 $US ~ 35 Thai Baht.