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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