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Table 1 Characteristics of older people with disabilities and their primary caregivers (n = 567)

From: Social support and depressive symptoms among family caregivers of older people with disabilities in four provinces of urban China: the mediating role of caregiver burden

VariablesN (%)Mean ± SD
Older people with disabilities
 Age 80.550 ± 8.778
 Gender  
  Male259 (45.7) 
  Female308 (54.2) 
 Barthel index 23.201 ± 30.693
 Cognitive function 6.159 ± 4.157
Caregiver
 Age 62.614 ± 26.533
 Gender  
  Male231 (40.7) 
  Female336 (59.3) 
Relation to care-recipients
 Spouse181 (31.9) 
  Children329 (58.0) 
  Others57 (10.1) 
 Care time per day (hours) 17.977 ± 7.888
 Caregiver duration (months) 57.120 ± 73.227
 Caregiver’s self-rated health  
  Poor127 (22.4) 
  Fair233 (41.1) 
  Good207 (36.5) 
Province
  Jiangsu150(26.5) 
  Anhui140(24.7) 
  Guizhou135(23.8) 
  Xinjiang142(25.0)