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Table 2 Socio-demographic characteristics of caregivers and comparison between spouses and parents

From: A cross-sectional study on spouse and parent differences in caregiving experiences of people living with schizophrenia in rural China

VariablesKinship types N (%)/ Median (IQR)Z/χ2P
TotalSpouse (n = 113)Parents (n = 151)
AgeMedian (IQR)62 (41–80)57 (41–74)64 (45–80)−6.013< 0.001
GenderMale123 (46.59)77 (68.14)46 (30.46)  
Female141 (53.41)36 (31.86)105 (69.54)43.069< 0.001
MarriageMarried214 (81.06)113 (100.00)101 (66.89)  
Not married50 (18.94)0 (0)50 (33.11)46.160< 0.001
OccupationEmployed136 (51.52)69 (61.06)67 (44.37)  
Not employed128 (48.48)44 (38.94)84 (55.63)7.2090.007
EducationPrimary179 (67.80)65 (57.52)114 (75.50)  
Middle59 (22.35)35 (30.97)24 (15.89)  
High26 (9.85)13 (11.50)13 (8.61)10.2060.006
Family income (Yuan/ person.year)Median (IQR)3750 (2000–7450)5000 (1920–8000)3333 (2000–6667)1.3290.184
Co-caregiversNo153 (57.95)81 (71.68)72 (47.68)  
Yes111 (42.05)32 (28.32)79 (52.32)15.277< 0.001
Additional dependentsNo129 (48.86)60 (53.10)69 (45.70)  
Yes135 (51.14)53 (46.90)82 (54.30)1.4170.234
Physical illnessNo70 (26.52)37 (32.74)33 (21.85)  
Yes194 (73.48)76 (67.26)118 (78.15)3.9330.047
Length of caring (year)Median (IQR)15 (1–45)19 (2–43)14 (2–39)3.0490.002
  1. GAF Global Assessment of Function scale *numbers in bold represents significant values at P = 0.05/0.01