Table 1

Characteristics of the study participants

CharacteristicCategoriesFrequency (percentage)Population characteristics of Tamil Nadu state
Age18–25158 (25.3)19
26–35204 (32.6)16.7
36–45104 (16.6)14
46–5585 (13.6)10
56–6545 (7.2)7
>6529 (4.6)5
SexMale252 (40.9)50.2
Female364 (59.1)49.8
Place of residenceUrban124 (20.1)48.45
Rural501 (79.9)51.55
EducationNo formal education89 (14.4)Literate—73.8
Schooling270 (43.8)Illiterate—26.2
Graduation135 (21.9)
PG and professional122 (19.8)
OccupationService sector165 (26.8)22
Home maker159 (25.9)*
Labourer92 (15)26
Unemployed72 (11.7)*
Professional42 (6.8)8
Agricultural land Owner38 (6.2)40
Business30 (4.9)8
Skilled workers17 (2.8)*
Any sickness in the Past 3 monthsYes323 (52.5)
No292 (47.5)
  • *Data not available.