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Table 1 Participants descriptive statistics, N = 340

From: A structural equation modelling of the buffering effect of social support on the report of common mental disorders in Zimbabwean women in the postnatal period

Variable Attribute Frequency, n (%)
Age of child in weeksa Mean (SD) 22.6 (SD 13.0)
Gender of child Female 167 (49.1)
Male 173 (50.9)
Mother’s agea Mean (SD) 26.6 (5.6)
Marital status Married 193 (56.8)
Co-habiting 101 (29.7)
Other 46 (13.5)
Level of education Primary 20 (5.8)
Secondary 286 (83.4)
Tertiary 34 (9.9)
Employment status Formally employed 40 (11.8)
Self-employed 77 (22.6)
Unemployed 223 (65.0)
Perceived level of income Below average 88 (24.1)
Average 188 (55.3)
Above average 70 (20.6)
Social support (MSPSS) scoresa Family [mean (SD)] 3.8 (SD 0.9)
Friends [mean (SD)] 3.1 (SD 1.2)
Significant other [mean (SD)] 3.8 (SD 1.0)
Summative score [mean (SD)] 42.7 (SD 10.8)
Psychiatric morbidity (SSQ) scoresa SSQ scores ≥ 8 [n (%)] 99 (29.1%)
Summative score: median [Q1–Q3] 5 [IQR: 2–8]
  1. aResults not presented in the n (%) format