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Table 1 Sociodemographic background of the sample and distribution of perceived social support global scores (n = 6126)

From: The association of mental disorders with perceived social support, and the role of marital status: results from a national cross-sectional survey

  n % Global MSPSS scorea
   Mean SD
Age group
 18–34 1707 30.4 5.73 0.80
 35–49 1496 29.6 5.67 0.85
 50–64 1626 26.9 5.46 0.93
 65 and over 1297 13.1 5.34 0.85
Gender
 Men 3068 49.6 5.56 0.86
 Women 3058 50.4 5.61 0.88
Ethnicity
 Chinese 1782 75.7 5.54 0.86
 Malay 1990 12.5 5.67 0.88
 Indian 1844 8.7 5.80 0.90
 Others 510 3.1 5.84 0.90
Marital status
 Never married 1544 31.0 5.58 0.90
 Married 3843 59.8 5.65 0.82
 Divorced/separated 343 5.2 5.18 1.03
 Widowed 396 4.1 5.23 0.89
Education
 Primary and below 1187 16.3 5.24 0.90
 Secondary 1648 23.0 5.50 0.85
 Pre-Uni./Junior College 304 6.0 5.76 0.76
 Vocational 508 6.3 5.57 0.84
 Diploma 1024 19.0 5.66 0.88
 University 1455 29.4 5.77 0.81
Employment
 Employed 4055 72.0 5.62 0.83
 Economically inactive 1716 22.7 5.56 0.88
 Unemployed 354 5.3 5.24 1.17
Average household income
in Thousand Singapore dollars per month
 Less than 2 1147 16.5 5.17 0.99
 2–3.9 1331 20.0 5.49 0.87
 4–5.9 1113 21.4 5.63 0.79
 6–9.9 1003 21.8 5.69 0.82
 10 and over 861 20.3 5.85 0.78
  1. aTotal score derived from the 12-item Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS)