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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics and health-related factors among spouses and non-spouse caregivers of left-behind families

From: Common mental disorders among adult members of ‘left-behind’ international migrant worker families in Sri Lanka

Characteristic IMW spouse (n,%) IMW non-spouse caregiver(n,%)
N = 277 N = 188
Socio-demographic factors   
Gender   
Male 119 (42.9) 8 (4.3)
Female 158 (57.0) 180 (95.7)
Age   
18-30 51 (18.5) 11 (5.9)
31-60 224 (81.2) 121 (64.7)
61-above 1 (0.7) 55 (29.4)
Ethnicity   
Sinhala 201 (72.6) 151 (81.2)
Tamil 15 (5.4) 20 (10.7)
Muslim 51 (18.4) 14 (7.5)
Other 10 (3.6) 1 (0.5)
Education   
No education 6 (2.2) 31 (16.6)
Primary 48 (17.3) 75 (40.1)
Secondary 223 (80.5) 81 (43.3)
Civil status   
Married 274 (98.9) 133 (71.1)
Unmarried 2 (0.7) 8(4.3)
Widowed/divorced 1 (0.4) 46(24.6)
Employment   
Non-employed 156(56.3) 141(75.4)
Employed 121(43.7) 46(24.6)
Family debt   
Little or no debts 153 (55.2) 102(54.3)
Significant debts 124 (44.8) 84 (44.7)
Area of residence   
Rural 185 (66.8) 140 (74.9)
Urban 92 (33.2) 47 (25.1)
Health-related factors   
General health   
Excellent 35 (12.6) 12 (6.4)
Fair 222 (80.1) 131 (69.7)
Poor 20 (7.2) 45 (23.9)
Current illness   
Current diagnosed illness 72 (26.0) 100 (53.2)
No current illness 204 (73.6) 88 (46.8)
Healthcare visits-3 months   
No visits 148 (53.4) 65 (34.6)
One or two visits 78 (28.2) 64 (34.0)
More than two visits 47 (17.0) 58 (30.8)
  1. IMW: International Migrant Worker.