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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of the study caregivers and their mentally ill patients, Assiut University Hospital, Egypt, 2017

From: Stigma and burden of mental illness and their correlates among family caregivers of mentally ill patients

Variables Caregivers Patients
  No. (425) % No. (425) %
Age (years)
 Range 21–85 5–75
 Mean ± SD 45.1 ± 14.3 32.7 ± 12.2
Gender
 Male 167 39.3 200 47.1
 Female 258 60.7 225 52.9
Residence
 Urban 59 13.9 59 13.9
 Rural 366 86.1 366 86.1
Marital status     
 Married 295 69.4 166 39.1
 Single 54 12.7 206 48.5
 Divorced 9 2.1 32 7.5
 Widowed 67 15.8 21 4.9
Educational status
 Illiterate 231 54.4 182 42.8
 Can read and write 37 8.7 32 7.5
 Primary/preparatory 35 8.2 91 21.4
 Secondary/technical/above average 90 21.2 103 24.2
 University 32 7.5 17 4.0
Caregivers occupation
 Does not work/\housewife 283 66.6
 Unskilled/skilled worker 66 15.5
 Employee 25 5.9
 Professional 9 2.1
 Farmer 42 9.9
Caregivers relationship with the patients
 Parents 208 48.9
 Brother/sister 103 24.2
 Spouse (husband/wife) 48 11.3
 Son/daughter 30 7.1
 Others* 36 8.5
Patients income
Employed and a fixed salary is paid even in his illness 10 2.4
Employed and no salary is paid in his illness 39 9.2
Unemployed and has a pension for his mother or father or exceptional 99 23.3
Unemployed and has no source of income, financially supported by his own family 257 60.5
Retired with a pension 1 0.2
Non-applicable (e.g., children) 19 4.5
  1. *Others: (grandmother, uncle/aunt, nephew, cousin)