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Table 1 Characteristics of the sampled participants

From: Depression, injecting drug use, and risky sexual behavior syndemic among women who inject drugs in Kenya: a cross-sectional survey

  Characteristics N (%)
Variable Category  
Age 18–22 39 (12.7)
  23–27 79 (25.8)
  28–32 100 (32.7)
  33–37 59 (19.3)
  38–42 16 (5.2)
  > 42 years 13 (4.2)
Time living in informal settlement 1–10 years 65 (21.2)
11–20 years 76 (24.8)
21–30 years 96 (31.4)
> 30 years 69 (22.6)
Reason for living in informal settlement Place of birth 164 (53.6)
Relocation 142 (46.1)
Education level None 22 (7.2)
Primary 184 (60.1)
Post-primary 100 (32.7)
Religion Roman Catholic 92 (30.1)
Protestant 159 (52)
Muslim 31 (10.1)
No religion 24 (7.8)
Marital status Married 21 (6.9)
Cohabiting 277 (90.5)
Single 8 (2.6)
Number of children 0 63 (20.6)
1–3 123 (40.2)
4–6 119 (38.9)
Age when got first child 11–15 years 67 (21.9)
16–20 years 171 (55.9)
> 20 years 68 (22.2)
Age commenced living with a partner Under 18 165 (53.9)
Over 18 141 (46.1)
Type of family grew in Single parent 101 (33)
Nuclear (father & mother) 157 (51.3)
Extended (polygamous) 15 (4.9)
Divorced/separated 33 (10.8)
Main means of living Self-employed 44 (14.4)
Theft 113 (36.9)
Sex work 149 (48.7)
Income (every 3 months) Kshs 0–10,000 120 (39.9)
  Kshs > 10,000 181 (60.1)
The one who works for income Self 45 (14.7)
  Spouse 100 (32.7)
  Spouse & self 129 (42.2)
  Relatives 32 (10.5)