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Table 1 Demographics of the Paramaribo and Nickerie samples

From: Prevalence of substance use disorders in an urban and a rural area in Suriname

Variable Total Paramaribo Nickerie p
Age (median (SD)) 39.97 (14.2) 39.77 (14.3) 40.32 (13.8) 0.32
Gender Female 1658 (57%) 1065 (58%) 593 (57.8%) 0.93
Education Low 1590 (62%) 936 (60.8%) 654 (63.8%) 0.00*
Secondary 824 (32.1%) 466 (30.3%) 358 (34.9%)
High 150 (5.9%) 137 (8.9%) 13 (1.3%)
Marital Status Single 1151 (40.2%) 877 (47.7%) 274 (26.7%) 0.00*
Married 978 (34.2%) 484 (26.3%) 494 (48.2%)
Widow 104 (3.6%) 62 (3.4%) 42 (4.1%)
Divorced 133 (4.6%) 75 (4.1%) 58 (5.7%)
Concubinate 443 (15.5%) 296 (16.1%) 147 (14.3%)
Long-distance relationship 53 (1.9%) 43 (2.3%) 10 (1.0%)
Number of children 1.36 (1.9) 1.47 (2.1) 1.16 (1.8) 0.00*
Ethnic background West Indians 1058 (37%) 424 (23.1%) 634 (61.9%) 0.00*
Creole 626 (21.9%) 531 (28%) 95 (9.3%)
Maroon 222 (7.8%) 216 (11.8%) 6 (0.6%)
Javanese 368 (12.9%) 187 (10.2%) 181 (17.7%)
Mixed 474 (16.6%) 395 (21.5%) 79 (7.7%)
Different 113 (3.9%) 84 (4.6%) 29 (2.8%)
Daily activity Student 328 (11.5%) 234 (12.7%) 94 (9.3%) 0.00*
Working part-time 172 (6%) 104 (5.7%) 68 (6.7%)
Working full-time 1274 (44.7%) 939 (51.1%) 335 (33%)
Unemployed/jobseeker 212 (7.4%) 111 (6%) 101 (10%)
Homemakers 602 (21.1%) 274 (14.9%) 328 (32.3%)
Handyman 83 (2.9%) 38 (2.1%) 45 (4.4%)
Retired 181 (6.3%) 137 (7.5%) 44 (4.3%)
  1. *p < 0.05 for ratio. Low education is up to primary school, secondary education is up to high school, and high education is comparable with university or college degree