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Table 1 Participant Socio-demographic Characteristics at Baseline, by Treatment Group1

From: Small individual loans and mental health: a randomized controlled trial among South African adults

  Assigned to Control
(n = 128)
Assigned to Treatment
(n = 109)
p-value for difference2
Characteristics    
Female gender 61 (47.7%) 63 (57.8%) 0.12
Age, years 36.2 (12.0) 35.6 (9.4) 0.76
Education > grade 12 27 (21.2%) 24 (22.0%) 0.89
African Race by self report 84 (65.6%) 79 (73.2%) 0.21
Household size, number 5.4 (3.3) 5.3 (3.2) 0.79
Household monthly income, median (IQR) 1938 (842, 4789) 1979 (1000, 4701) 0.08
   Income > sample median 62 (48.4%) 55 (50.5%) 0.76
Province    
   Eastern Cape 43 (33.6%) 30 (27.5%) 0.31
   Western Cape 39 (30.5%) 46 (42.2%) 0.06
   KwaZulu Natal 46 (35.9%) 22 (30.3%) 0.36
  1. 1 Treatment was being randomly assigned to receive a second look for a loan application. Mean (SD) or No. (%) presented unless otherwise noted
  2. 2 Tests of difference conducted using t-test, test of proportions or non-parametric test of difference between medians where appropriate.