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Table 1 Sample characteristics, comparisons of spouse carers vs. other carers (N = 330)

From: A comparison of spouse and non-spouse carers of people with dementia: a descriptive analysis of Swedish national survey data

  Spouse carer Non-spouse carer  
Caregiver characteristics (22.5 %) (74.8 %)
Gender    φ(1) = − 0.008, p = .882
 Female, % 57.3 58.3  
Employment status, %    χ2(2) = 66.84, p = < 0.001
 Employed 13.9 58.3  
 Retired 70.8 19.4  
 Other 15.3 22.3  
Co-habitation status, %    φ(1) = − 0.758, p = < 0.001
 Co-habiting 78.4 4.5  
Living arrangement, PwD, %    χ2(2) = 26.48, p = < 0.001
 Ordinary housing 95.9 65.6  
 Sheltered or service accommodation 0.0 7.1  
 Residential care facility 4.1 27.4  
Number of people to whom care provided %    rs(301) = − 0.27, p = < 0.001
 One person 97.3 70.0  
 Two people 2.7 22.3  
 Three people 0.0 5.3  
 More than three people 0.0 2.4  
Hours of care in an average week, %    rs(293) = 0.54, p = < 0.001
 < 1 h 5.6 13.1  
 1–10 h 21.1 75.8  
 11–29 h 25.4 9.0  
 30–59 h 28.2 1.2  
 60 h or more 19.7 0.8  
Frequency of care, %    rs(299) = − 0.40, p = < 0.001
 Everyday 74.7 18.7  
 At least every week 21.3 61.4  
 Once a month or less 4.0 19.9  
  1. Note: For analyses in this table n varies between 278-322 due to internal missing data