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Table 3 Social support and mental health status of respondents

From: Determinants of self-rated health among shanghai elders: a cross-sectional study

SRH Good Fair Poor total
N % N % N % N %
social supports
 marital status widowed 172 40.1 191 44.5 66 15.4 429 21.6
married 691 45.8 637 42.2 182 12.1 1510 75.9
single/divorced 22 43.1 23 45.1 6 11.8 51 2.6
 source of income** pension 782 46.2 711 42.0 198 11.7 1691 86.1
salary/savings 46 31.9 83 57.6 15 10.4 144 7.3
family 20 35.7 23 41.1 13 23.2 56 2.8
other 29 39.2 28 37.8 17 23.0 74 3.8
 living situation non-empty nester 308 44.5 292 42.2 92 13.3 692 34.7
empty nester 579 44.4 562 43.1 163 12.5 1304 65.3
 meeting children* daily 600 46.8 538 42.0 143 11.2 1281 65.2
weekly 170 41.6 179 43.8 60 14.7 409 20.8
monthly 74 38.1 92 47.4 28 14.4 194 9.9
yearly 29 43.9 21 31.8 16 24.2 66 3.4
<1 time/year 4 25.0 10 62.5 2 12.5 16 0.8
 meeting neighbours* weekly 821 45.8 762 42.5 210 11.7 1793 89.8
monthly 24 31.6 39 51.3 13 17.1 76 3.8
yearly 7 43.8 6 37.5 3 18.8 16 0.8
never 36 32.4 47 42.3 28 25.2 111 5.6
 meeting relatives/friends** weekly 249 55.6 162 36.2 37 8.3 448 22.4
monthly 143 46.0 137 44.1 31 10.0 311 15.6
yearly 363 41.7 383 44.0 124 14.3 870 43.6
never 133 36.2 172 46.9 62 16.9 367 18.4
 community meeting** weekly 151 50.3 104 34.7 45 15.0 300 15.1
monthly 81 52.3 62 40.0 12 7.7 155 7.8
yearly 110 52.9 86 41.3 12 5.8 208 10.5
never 544 41.0 598 45.1 185 13.9 1327 66.7
mental status
 loneliness** never 798 48.2 684 41.3 175 10.6 1657 83.0
sometimes 67 25.1 143 53.6 57 21.3 267 13.4
always 23 31.9 26 36.1 23 31.9 72 3.6
 nervousness/ anxiety** never 841 47.2 749 42.1 190 10.7 1780 89.2
sometimes 40 22.9 92 52.6 43 24.6 175 8.8
always 6 15.0 12 30.0 22 55.0 40 2.0
 satisfied with life** good 632 58.0 367 33.7 91 8.3 1090 54.7
fair 239 29.8 455 56.7 108 13.5 802 40.2
poor 16 15.7 30 29.4 56 54.9 102 5.1
  1. **means p < 0.05
  2. *means p < 0.1