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Table 3 Thai Mental Health Indicator and caregiver status by sex, Thai Cohort Study 2009

From: Psychological distress and mental health of Thai caregivers

Thai Mental Health Indicator N = 60,569 Column (%) by caregiver status
  Males Females
  Non Part-time Full-time Non Part-time Full-time
Mental state (reported ‘very much’)
 Positive effect       
  Self-esteem 27.2 28.6 34.7 27.0 27.3 34.3
  Content with life 13.3 13.5 18.3 10.6 10.5 12.8
  Relaxed 7.7 6.8 8.8 6.7 6.2 7.5
 Negative effect       
  Bored and discouraged with life 31.5 28.4 32.3 24.3 21.5 23.2
  Disappointed in myself 46.2 40.7 42.9 49.9 45.9 49.6
  Life is full of miseries 50.4 43.7 42.6 52.6 45.8 45.4
Mental capacity (reported ‘very much’)
  Can face and accept problems 11.8 10.9 11.7 10.3 10.3 12.6
  Can control emotions in crisis 12.8 12.4 15.0 8.1 8.5 11.0
  Confident in facing crises 14.8 15.6 16.4 8.7 9.9 12.5
Mental quality (reported ‘very much’)
  Sympathetic towards others 22.8 23.3 27.4 25.8 26.3 31.6
  Help others when have a chance 24.7 25.7 28.6 28.4 30.6 37.3
  Happy in helping out others 37.1 38.1 41.6 39.4 41.5 45.8
Social support (reported ‘very much’)
  Feel secured when stay with my family 44.1 42.2 47.4 53.4 51.2 52.5
  Trust family will take care of me when ill 46.7 44.9 47.7 51.7 48.0 49.1
  Family members love and care for each other 47.8 45.5 52.1 50.6 46.5 50.3