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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of primary caregivers of patients with severe mental illness in South West, Ethiopia (n = 284)

From: Prevalence of depression and its associated factors among primary caregivers of patients with severe mental illness in southwest, Ethiopia

Characteristics Frequency (%)
Sex Male 124(43.7)
Female 160(56.3)
Age of caregivers 18–24 39(13.7
25–34 67(23.6)
35–44 83(29.2)
45–54 69(24.3)
55–64 26(9.2)
Ethnicity Oromo 161(56.7)
Amhara 74(26.1)
Keffa 17(6.0)
Others 32(11.3)
Religion Orthodox Christians 91(54.6)
Muslim 155(32)
Protestant 38(13.4)
Marital status Single 64(22.5)
Married 179(63.0)
Divorced/ Widowed 41(14.4)
Level of education Illiterate 65(22.9)
read and write 108(38.0)
primary (1–8) 58(20.4)
secondary (9–12) 42(14.8)
tertiary > 12 11(3.9)
Occupation of caregivers Unemployed 27(9.5)
Labor worker 20(7.0)
Government employee 50(17.6)
Farmer 74(26.1)
Merchant 44(15.5)
Housewife 42(14.8)
Others 27(9.5)
Relationship to patients Spouse 50(17.6)
child 58(20.4)
parent 101(35.6)
relative 24(8.5)
Sibling 44(15.5)
others 7(2.5)
Frequency of attending a place of worship Daily 149(52.5)
2–3 times/week 107(37.7)
never 28(9.9)
Living together with patients Yes 251(88.4)
No 33(11.6)
  1. Other ethnicity: Guragie, Dawuro, Tigre, Silte, Somali
  2. Other occupation: Students, being retired
  3. Other relationship: Friends, paid caregivers