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Table 1 Characteristics of respondents and dropouts.

From: Work factors and psychological distress in nurses' aides: a prospective cohort study

  Respondents Dropouts
Characteristics at baseline N % N %
Age (years)     
< 30 273 6.7 137 13.7
30–39 824 20.2 221 22.1
40–49 1778 43.6 338 33.8
50–59 1065 26.1 265 26.5
> 59 136 3.3 39 3.9
Gender     
Female 3912 96.0 947 94.9
Male 164 4.0 51 5.1
Marital status     
Married or cohabiting 3271 80.3 771 77.3
Single 800 19.7 227 22.7
Have preschool children     
No 3490 87.0 843 85.8
Yes 522 13.0 140 14.2
Special tasks of care taking during leisure time     
No 2944 72.6 721 72.6
Yes 1112 27.4 272 27.4
Pregnant     
No 3978 99.1 955 98.0
Yes 37 0.9 19 2.0
Long-term health problems (any kind)     
No or "yes, but not bothered" 3006 74.4 736 74.4
Yes, and bothered by it 1033 25.6 253 25.6
Regular physical exercise     
No 1724 42.4 451 45.2
Yes 2343 57.6 547 54.8
Years of experience as nurses' aide     
< 10 years 706 17.3 235 23.5
10 years or more 3370 82.7 764 76.5
  1. Caring for handicapped child, old relatives etc. N = number of individuals. % = column percentages