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Table 1 Basic characteristics of the older adults (60+) in rural areas of Shandong province, China, 2019

From: Physical multimorbidity and lifetime suicidal ideation and plans among rural older adults: the mediating role of psychological distress

Characteristics N Frequency (%)
Total 3242 100.0
Multimorbidity (chronic conditions)
 None 896 27.6
 One 1205 37.2
 Two 801 24.7
 Three 285 8.8
    Four and above 55 1.7
Suicidal ideation
 No 2899 89.4
 Yes 343 10.6
Suicidal plans
 No 3172 97.8
 Yes 70 2.2
Psychological distress (level)
 Low 1845 56.9
 Moderate 637 19.6
 High 515 15.9
 Very high 245 7.6
Sex
 Male 1182 36.5
 Female 2060 63.5
Age (Years), Mean ± SD 3242 70.1 ± 6.2
Educational attainment
 Illiterate 1353 41.7
 Primary school 1257 38.8
 Middle school or above 632 19.5
Marital status
 Single 827 25.5
 Married 2415 74.5
Household income  
 Q1(the poorest) 811 25.0
 Q2 810 25.0
 Q3 813 25.1
 Q4 (the richest) 808 24.9
Cigarette smoking
 Never smoker 2239 69.0
 Current smoker 678 20.9
 Former smoker 325 10.1
Alcohol drinking
 Never-drinker 2320 71.5
 Former drinker 207 6.4
 Current drinker 715 22.1
Physical exercise
 No 1579 48.7
 Yes 1663 51.3
Sleep disturbances
 No 1706 52.6
 Yes 1536 47.4