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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics

From: A survey of the prevalence of modifiable health risk behaviours among carers of people with a mental illness

Characteristic Carer n(%) Person with a mental illness n(%)
Age (Years) a
 18–34 6 (4.2) 58 (40.3)
 35–54 29 (20.4) 67 (46.5)
 55–74 92 (64.8) 18 (12.5)
 75 and over 15 (10.6) 1 (0.7)
Gender a
 Male 27 (19.0) 96 (66.7)
 Female 115 (81.0) 48 (33.3)
Employment status
 In the workforce b 45 (31.9) 28 (20.3)
 Not in the workforce 96 (68.1) 110 (79.7)
Ethnicity c
 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin 5 (3.6)  
 Neither Aboriginal nor Torres Strait Islander 135 (96.4)  
Marital Status d
 Married/ living together in a relationship 105 (73.4)  
 Previously married/ never married 38 (26.6)  
Highest Education Level e
 Less than 4 years high school completed 28 (19.6)  
 4 years high school completed 30 (21.0)  
 More than 4 years high school completed 85 (59.4)  
Index of Relative Socio-economic Advantage and Disadvantage a
 Lowest tertile (Disadvantaged) 78 (54.9)  
 Middle/highest tertile (average/advantaged) 64 (45.1)  
Geographic remoteness a g
 Major cities 44 (31.0)  
 Inner regional 77 (54.2)  
 Outer regional 21 (14.8)  
Years spent caring for the person with mental illness a
 20 years or less 100 (70.4)  
 More than 20 years 42 (29.6)  
Carer and person with mental illness living in the same residence
 Yes f 75 (52.4)  
Carer relationship to person with mental illness f
 Parent 88 (61.5)  
 Other relation 55 (38.5)  
Psychiatric diagnosis
 Schizophrenia   56 (39.1)
 Bipolar disorder   31 (21.8)
 Other disorder   56 (39.1)
  1. a 2 missing carer responses
  2. b 3 missing carer responses, 6 missing person with a mental illness responses
  3. c 4 missing carer responses
  4. d 1 missing carer response
  5. e 1 missing carer response
  6. f 1 missing carer response
  7. g 0 participants resided in ‘remote’ or ‘very remote’ areas