Table 1

Socio-demographic characteristics of the surveyed sample, Singapore, 2007-2008
Characteristics Men (%)* Women (%)* P value
n = 693 n = 1050
n (%) n (%)
Mean age in years (range) 62.1 (50–91) 61.2 (50–93)
Race
Chinese 548 (79.1) 862 (82.0) 0.250
Indian 67 (9.6) 90 (8.6)
Malay 64 (9.3) 72 (6.9)
Others# 14 (2.0) 26 (2.4)
Religion
Buddhism 259 (37.4) 429 (40.9) 0.003
Christianity 104 (15.0) 190 (18.1)
Taoism 67 (9.7) 120 (11.4)
Islam 77 (11.1) 78 (7.5)
Hinduism 46 (6.6) 75 (7.1)
No Religion 140 (20.2) 158 (15.0)
Occupation*
Retired 281 (40.5) 293 (27.9) <0.001
Working 319 (46.1) 213 (20.3)
Homemaker 4 (0.6) 416 (39.6)
Unemployed 89 (12.8) 128 (12.2)
Years of schooling
Nil 54 (7.8) 226 (21.5) <0.001
1-6 232 (33.5) 379 (36.1)
7-12 270 (38.9) 342 (32.6)
>12 (tertiary) 137 (19.7) 102 (9.7)
Dwelling type
HDB 1–3 room 193 (27.9) 290 (27.6) 0.660
HDB 4–5 room 406 (58.6) 634 (60.4)
Private condominium 94 (13.6) 126 (12.0)
Marital Status
Married 616 (88.9) 879 (83.7) <0.001
Single 46 (6.7) 60 (5.7)
Widowed 17 (2.4) 95 (9.0)
Divorced 14 (2.0) 16 (1.5)

*Excludes missing values.

# Europeans/Eurasians.

Wong et al.

Wong et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:677   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-677

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