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Table 3 Demographic characteristics and living conditions of ragpickers and non-ragpickers (n = 881).

From: Minor psychiatric disorders among Brazilian ragpickers: a cross-sectional study

VARIABLE RAGPICKERS % NON-RAGPICKERS % P value
Age (Years)*    0.60
18 to 29 years old 31.3 28.0  
30 to 39 years old 26.8 28.6  
40 to 49 years old 24.0 25.5  
50 to 59 years old 11.1 12.7  
60 to 69 years old 6.8 5.2  
Gender*    0.90
Male 62.6 62.9  
Female 37.4 37.1  
Skin color    <0.001
White 53.1 67.0  
Non white 46.9 33.0  
Elementary education (Years)*    0.01
< 1 23.1 15.2  
1 to 4 years 45.1 50.0  
5 to 8 years 31.8 34.8  
Running water at home    <0.001
No 15.2 5.0  
Yes 84.8 95.0  
Electricity at home    0.01
No 10.4 5.9  
Yes 89.6 94.1  
Toilet at home    <0.001
No 18.6 3.2  
Yes 81.4 96.8  
House build materials    <0.001
Bricks 46.0 74.5  
Poor wood, plastic, cardboard 54.0 25.5  
  1. * matching variable; differences between ragpickers and non-ragpickers are those that remained after matching, and after dropping 35 subjects with > 8 years of schooling