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Table 2 Sample characteristics by the time spent on informal caregiving per week (median split)

From: Association of informal caregiving with body mass index and frequency of sporting activities: evidence of a population-based study in Germany

  Time spent on informal caregiving per week (N = 1336)   
≤5 h (n = 732) > 5 h (n = 604) p-value Missings
N/Mean %/SD N/Mean %/SD t-test/chi2  
Sex: female 422 57.7% 382 63.3% .038 0.0%
Age in years 62.1 10.2 64.5 10.3 <.001 0.0%
Marital status:
 - married and living together with spouse 519 71.0% 473 78.4% .001 0.1%
 - married and not living together with spouse 11 1.5% 18 2.9%   
 - divorced 81 11.1% 37 6.1%   
 - widowed 66 9.0% 37 6.1%   
 - single 54 7.4% 38 6.3%   
Monthly net equivalent income in Euro 2179.1 1494.6 1899.8 1420.6 <.001 5.6%
Number of physical illnesses 2.3 1.7 2.8 1.9 <.001 1.9%
Occupational status:
 - employed 349 47.7% 193 31.9% <.001 0.3%
 - retired 321 43.9% 329 54.5%   
 - other 61 8.3% 82 13.6%   
Body mass index 26.5 4.2 27.3 4.7 .001 1.7%
Sport: - daily 73 10.0% 48 7.9% <.001 0.0%
 - more than once a week 257 35.1% 128 21.2%   
 - once a week 140 19.1% 123 20.4%   
 - 1-3 times a month 65 8.9% 49 8.1%   
 - less than 1-3 times a month 83 11.3% 72 11.9%   
 - never 114 15.6% 184 30.5%