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Table 1 Descriptive statistics of Portuguese individuals aged 50+ at baseline (wave 4)

From: Health impact of providing informal care in Portugal

  Individuals who provide caregiving inside the household Individuals who do not provide caregiving inside the household p value t/x2
  (N = 141) (N = 1121)   
Age, mean (SD) 63.26 (8.57) 64.40 (8.94) 0.135 −1.494
Sex    0.222 1.489
 Male 40.4% 45.9%   
 Female 59.6% 54.1%   
Current job situation    0.005 7.955
 Employed 14.9% 25.7%   
 Other situation 85.1% 74.3%   
Marital status    0.506 0.443
 Married and living together 85.8% 87.8%   
 Other situation 14.2% 12.2%   
Education (ISCED-97)    0.080 5.045
 Isced-97 (0–2) 72.3% 64.7%   
 Isced-97 (3) 2.1% 6.0%   
 Isced-97 (4–6) 25.5% 29.3%   
Income    0.684 0.761
 Tertile 1 36.2% 33.6%   
 Tertile 2 36.1% 35.2%   
 Tertile 3 27.7% 31.1%   
Depressive symptoms (4 or more)    < 0.001 23.023
 No 43.6% 64.5%   
 Yes 56.4% 35.5%   
Cognitive function, mean (SD) −2.321 (3.141) −1.784 (3.261) 0.065 1.850
Physical health, mean (SD) −0.180 (0.630) −0.076 (0.632) 0.075 1.781
Physical inactivity    0.069 3.309
 Active 14.9% 21.5%   
 Inactive 85.1% 78.5%   
Social network scale (0–4), mean (SD) 2.34 (1.415) 2.24 (1.354) 0.415 0.816
Quality of Life (CASP-12), mean, (SD) 30.93 (5.016) 32.59 (4.862) < 0.001 3.708
  1. Source: SHARE Wave 4 release 6.1.0.; unweighted data; P values refer to the relevant statistical tests for two-group comparison (i.e. T test for independent samples (t); chi-square tests (X2))