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Table 1 Caregiver characteristics (n = 371)

From: Barriers and incentives to orphan care in a time of AIDS and economic crisis: a cross-sectional survey of caregivers in rural Zimbabwe

  Group A: Foster caregivers
(n = 212) (%)
Group B: Africare parents
(n = 85) (%)
Group C: Control parents
(n = 74) (%)
Gender    
Female 85 94 89
Male 15 6 11
Age    
< 20 years 5 0 0
20–29 years 14 5 5
30–39 years 12 29 30
40–49 years 17 49 42
50–59 years 19 13 18
60+ years 34 5 5
Marital status    
Married 56 31 78
Divorced 6 4 1
Never married 5 1 0
Widowed 37 65 20
Education (level completed)    
< Primary school 22 17 13
Primary school 56 71 71
Secondary school 19 12 17
College/university 3 1 0
Main occupation of head of household    
Subsistence farmer 54 58 47
Informal trader 4 8 1
Skilled worker 7 2 11
General worker 13 9 27
Business 0 0 1
Part-time jobs 1 1 0
Traditional healer 1 0 0
None 20 21 12
  1. Note: May not sum to 100% because of multiple responses and rounding.