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Table 3 Differences in demographic characteristics among the latent classes

From: Profiles of instrumental, emotional, and informational support in Chinese breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy: a latent class analysis

Variables Class 1
(n = 91)
Class 2
(n = 157)
Class 3
(n = 390)
P value
Age (mean ± SD), years 48.60 ± 9.65 47.21 ± 9.95 48.78 ± 10.52 0.25
Religion     0.15
 Yes 9 (9.89) 16 (10.19) 29 (7.44)  
 No 82 (90.11) 141 (89.81) 361 (92.56)  
Marital status     0.11
 Single 2 (2.20) 3 (1.91) 8 (2.05)  
 Married 82 (90.11) 152 (96.81) 365 (93.59)  
 Divorced 3 (3.30) 1 (0.64) 11 (2.82)  
 Widowed 4 (4.39) 1 (0.64) 6 (1.54)  
Childbearing history     0.53
 Yes 86 (94.51) 150 (95.54) 384 (98.46)  
 No 5 (5.49) 7 (4.46) 6 (1.54)  
Educational background     < 0.00
 Primary school or below 23 (25.27) 46 (29.30) 93 (23.85)  
 Secondary school 33 (36.26) 45 (28.66) 41 (10.51)  
 High school 25 (27.48) 36 (22.93) 150 (38.46)  
 University or above 10 (10.99) 30 (19.11) 106 (27.18)  
Menstrual status     0.08
 Premenopausal 51 (56.04) 72 (45.86) 213 (54.62)  
 Postmenopausal 40 (43.96) 85 (54.14) 177 (45.38)  
Living style     0.42
 Living alone 5 (5.49) 8 (5.10) 5 (1.28)  
 Living with family 82 (90.11) 142 (90.45) 377 (96.67)  
 Living with others 4 (4.40) 7 (4.45) 8 (2.05)  
Employment status     0.02
 Employed 4 (4.40) 23 (14.64) 265 (67.95)  
 Retired 15 (16.48) 67 (42.68) 78 (20.00)  
 Unemployed 72 (79.12) 67 (42.68) 47 (12.05)  
Monthly family income (¥)     < 0.00
 ≤ 6000 77 (84.62) 80 (50.96) 163 (41.79)  
 > 6000 14 (15.38) 77 (49.04) 227 (58.21)  
Medical insurance     < 0.00
 Free medical insurance 2 (2.20) 2 (1.27) 0 (0.00)  
 Employee health insurance 32 (35.16) 53 (33.76) 175 (44.87)  
 Rural health insurance 52 (57.14) 94 (59.87) 197 (50.51)  
 Without health insurance 5 (5.50) 8 (5.10) 18 (4.62)  
Cycle of chemotherapy     0.23
 1–3 cycles 42 (46.15) 80 (50.96) 125 (32.05)  
 4–6 cycles 22 (24.18) 38 (24.20) 210 (53.85)  
 > 6 cycles 27 (29.67) 39 (24.84) 55 (14.10)