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Table 1 Caregiver characteristics of study sample (n = 344)

From: Providing care to relatives with mental illness: reactions and distress among primary informal caregivers

   n %
Age group 21–34 65 18.9
35–49 82 23.8
50–64 157 45.6
65 & above 40 11.6
Gender Male 110 32.0
Female 234 68.0
Ethnicity Chinese 198 57.6
Malay 66 19.2
Indian 75 21.8
Others 5 1.5
Education No formal & primary 52 15.1
Secondary 148 43.0
Vocational 20 5.8
Pre-U/Junior College/Diploma 68 19.8
University & above 56 16.3
Employment status Employed 221 64.2
Economically inactive 94 27.3
Unemployed 29 8.4
Marital status Single 89 25.9
Married 223 64.8
Divorced/Separated/Widowed 32 9.3
Monthly income (SGD) No income 97 28.2
Below S$2000 115 33.4
S$2000–S$3999 79 23.0
S$4000 and above 47 13.7
Missing data 6 1.7
Relationship (with ref. to care recipient) Spouse 80 23.3
Parent 121 35.2
Son/Daughter 89 25.9
Sibling 37 10.8
Others 16 4.7
Missing data 1 0.3
Any medical condition Yes 134 39.0
No 210 61.0