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Table 2 Caregivers’ background characteristics

From: Economic burden of family caregiving for elderly population in southern Ghana: the case of a peri-urban district

Background characteristic Frequency (n) Percent (%)
Sex
 Male 31 31.6
 Female 67 68.4
Age
 18–29 27 27.6
 30–44 42 42.9
 45–60 21 21.4
 Above 60 8 8.1
Marital Status
 Single 35 35.7
 Married 45 45.9
 Divorced 10 10.2
 Widowed 8 8.2
Education
 No education 6 6.1
 Primary 5 5.1
 Middle/JHS/JSS 60 61.2
 SSS/SHS 12 12.3
 Tertiary 15 15.3
Employment
 Self employed 55 56.1
 Private sector 13 13.3
 Public sector 6 6.1
 Unemployed 15 15.3
 Student/Apprentice 9 9.2
Relationship with CR
 Spouse 6 6.1
 Child 54 55.1
 Grandchild 23 23.5
 Sibling 14 14.3
 Daughter/Son-in-law 1 1
Caregiving status
 Primary CG 83 84.7
 Secondary CG 15 15.3
Duration of care
 Less than 1 year 8 8.2
 1–4 years 56 57.2
 5–9 years 22 22.4
 10 years and above 12 12.2
Residence status
 Long distance CG 8 8.2
 Co-resident CG 77 78.5
 Nearby CG 13 13.3
CG personal income (US$)
 0–24 9 9.2
 25–119 67 68.4
 120–240 16 16.3
 241–480 4 4.1
 480 and above 2 2
Impact on CG finances
 Gotten worse 61 62.2
 Stayed the same 36 36.7
 Gotten better 1 1.1