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Table 1 Distribution of socio-demographics characteristics of the respondents among caregivers of people with severe mental illness at Amanuel Mental Specialized Hospital (n = 390), Ethiopia, May 2013

From: Prevalence of mental distress and associated factors among caregivers of patients with severe mental illness in the outpatient unit of Amanuel Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2013: Cross-sectional study

Variables Frequency Percent (%)
Gender/sex   
Male 176 45.1
Female 214 54.9
Age   
18–24 28 7.2
25–34 82 21
35–44 104 26.7
>44 176 45.1
Marital status   
Single/Never married 73 18.7
Married 208 53.3
Divorce/separated 58 14.9
Widowed 51 13.1
Ethnicity   
Amhara 118 30.3
Tigre 32 8.2
Oromo 123 31.5
Gurage 96 24.6
Others 21 5.4
Religion   
Orthodox Christian 217 55.6
Islam 103 26.4
Protestant 60 15.4
Others 10 2.5
Educational status   
Not educated 142 36.4
≤ Grade 12 171 43.8
> Grade 12 77 19.7
Cont Job (Occupation)   
Employed 137 35.1
Own business 56 14.4
Farmer 83 21.3
Housewives 50 12.8
Jobless 64 16.4
Residence   
Urban 99 25.4
Rural 291 74.6
Average monthly income of the house hold   
≤400 Birr 115 29.5
401–700 114 29.2
701–1200 68 17.4
≥1201 93 23.8
Diagnosis of the patient   
Pychosis 311 79.7
Bipolar disorder 79 20.3
Number of admission   
No admission 209 53.6
One time admission 95 24.4
≥ Two times admission 86 21.1
Duration of care giving in year   
0–5 years 243 62.3
6–10 years 83 21.3
≥11 years 64 16.4