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Table 1 Caregiver Characteristics and Perceptionsa

From: Development and preliminary evaluation of a quality of life measure targeted at dementia caregivers

  N (%)
Age (mean, SD) (n = 147) 61.5 (13.5)
Gender (n = 200)  
   Male 43 (22)
   Female 157 (79)
Ethnicity (n = 148)  
   White 97 (66)
   African American 13 (9)
   Asian 10 (7)
   Hispanic 27 (18)
   Other 1 (1)
Marital Status (n = 178)  
   Married 115 (65)
   Never Married 34 (19)
   Separated 6 (3)
   Divorced 18 (10)
   Widowed 5 (3)
Education (n = 147)  
   8th grade of less 5 (3)
   Some high school 4 (3)
   High school grad 12 (8)
   Some college 48 (33)
   4-year degree 43 (29)
   More than 4-year degree 35 (24)
Relationship (n = 200)  
   Spouse 89 (45)
   Child/Child-in-law 85 (43)
   Sibling/Sibling-in-law 7 (4)
   Niece/Nephew 2 (1)
   Grandchild 3 (2)
   Friend 8 (4)
   Other 6 (3)
Hours spent each week caring for relative/friend with dementia (n = 200)  
   0 – 5 hours 18 (9)
   6 – 10 hours 23 (12)
   11 – 20 hours 26 (13)
   21 – 30 hours 19 (10)
   More than 30 hours 114 (57)
Time being a caregiver to relative/friend with dementia (n = 200)  
   Less than a year 21 (11)
   1 – 2 years 27 (14)
   2 – 3 years 28 (14)
   3 – 5 years 41 (21)
   More than 5 years 83 (42)
Average number of months as primary caregiver during past year (mean, SD) (n = 200) 11.1 (3)
How much of the help you need in caring for your friend/relative with dementia do you receive? (n = 200)  
   None 19 (10)
   A little 50 (25)
   Some 52 (26)
   Quite a bit 38 (19)
   As much as I need 41 (21)
Rating of caregiver experience (0 = worst experience possible, 10 = best experience possible) (n = 199)  
   0 6 (3)
   1 1 (1)
   2 4 (2)
   3 5 (3)
   4 15 (8)
   5 45 (23)
   6 20 (10)
   7 22 (11)
   8 40 (20)
   9 22 (11)
   10 19 (10)
  1. a Caregiver age, gender, and ethnicity were only collected during the telephone interview of the later group of 149 caregiver enrollees. All other characteristics were obtained from all subjects during the telephone interview.