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Table 1 Characteristics of the seventy-two caregiver spouses and their seventy-two husbands with chronic spinal cord injury

From: Quality of life and the related factors in spouses of veterans with chronic spinal cord injury

Characteristics N (%) MCS MANOVA PCS MANOVA
Mean (SD) p Mean (SD) p
  Spouses (care giving) Patient of spinal cord injury Spouses (care giving) Patient of spinal cord injury Spouses (care giving) Patient of spinal cord injury Spouses (care giving) Patient of spinal cord injury Spouses (care giving) Patient of spinal cord injury
Age           
≥44 years 44(61.1) 17(23.5) 40.9(13.3) 54.1(13.6) 0.92 >0.001 40.2(10.6) 34.7(26.7) 0.57 >0.001
< 44 years 28(38.9) 55(76.5) 40.7(12.5) 48.9(11.3) 41.3(10.5) 30.9(8.54)
Employment status           
Unemployed 64(88.9) 56(76.9) 38.4(13.2) 49.7(11.7) 0.08 >0.001 40.9(11.9) 31.6(15.1) 0.11 >0.001
Employed 8(11.1) 16(23.1) 47.9(15.6) 51.3(12.9) 48.5(11.5) 32.2(9.96)
Duration of care-giving           
≥22 years 24(33.3) ----- 39.8(13.3) ----- 0.63 ----- 40.7(12.5) ----- 0.33 -----
<22 years 48(66.7) ----- 38.1(14.6) ----- 43.7(10.8) -----
Knee osteoarthritis           
No 32(44.4) ------ 41.1(14.0) ------ 0.30 ----- 45.3(11.6) ----- 0.015* -----
Yes 40(55.6) ----- 37.8(13.3) ----- 38.5(11.5)
Mechanical back pain           
No 40(55.6) ----- 41.2 (14) ----- 0.19 ----- 45.3(11.6) -----
-----
0.004** -----
Yes 32(44.4) ----- 37.09(13.1) ----- 37.2(11.8)
Education           
High school or less 71(98.6) 51(71.1) 38.1(13.0) 49.8(12.3) 0.22 >0.0001 40.5(12.3) 32.5(14.9) 0.21 >0.0001
University degree 1(1.4) 21(28.9) 42.2(15.3) 51.08(10.4) 44.9(10.9) 28.9(10.7)
Number of children           
>= 2 37(51.4) ----- 37.4(14.3) ----- 0.3 ------ 41.1(12.7) ----- 0.8 ------
< 2 35(48.6) ------ 40.5(12.8) ------    40.7(11.2) ------   
  1. *Statistically significant at the 0.05 level.
  2. **Statistically significant at the 0.01 level.