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Table 2 Sociodemographic and employment characteristics by career stage

From: Researching the researchers: psychological distress and psychosocial stressors according to career stage in mental health researchers

  Total Support staff Student EMCR Senior researcher Chi square
N = 207 n = 35 n = 71 n = 59 n = 42 p value
n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
Gender       
Male 35 7 (20.0%) 8 (11.3%) 7 (11.9%) 13 (31.0%) 0.05
Female 170 28 (80.0%) 61 (85.9%) 52 (88.1%) 29 (69.0%)  
Non-Binary 2 2 (2.8%)  
Age range (years)       
18–24 14 8 (22.9%) 8 (11.3%) 0.05
25–34 103 21 (60.0%) 51 (71.8%) 31 (52.5%)  
35–44 53 6 (17.1%) 7 (9.9%) 21 (35.6%) 17 (40.5%)  
45–54 24 3 (4.2%) 6 (10.2%) 15 (35.7%)  
55–64 12 2 (2.8%) 1 (1.7%) 9 (21.4%)  
65 +  1 1 (2.4%)  
Relationship status       
Cohabitating 52 4 (11.4%) 24 (33.8%) 19 (32.2%) 5 (11.9%) 0.05
Divorced 2 2 (4.8%)  
Married 78 6 (17.1%) 13 (18.3%) 31 (52.5%) 28 (66.7%)  
Registered partnership 4 2 (5.7%) 2 (2.8%)  
Separated 2 1 (1.4%) 1 (2.4%)  
Single 69 23 (65.7%) 31 (43.7%) 9 (15.3%) 6 (14.3%)  
Dependents       
Yes 57 4 (11.4%) 9 (12.7%) 16 (27.1%) 28 (66.7%) 0.00
No 150 31 (88.6%) 62 (87.3%) 43 (72.9%) 14 (33.3%)  
Clinical degreea       
Yes 45 3 (8.6%) 14 (19.7%) 15 (25.4%) 13 (31.0%) 0.10
No 157 32 (91.4%) 57 (80.3%) 45 (74.6%) 29 (79.0%)  
Type of work contract       
Permanent 46 3 (8.6%) 6 (8.5%) 16 (27.1%) 21 (50.0%) 0.00
Temporary/Fixed term 121 30 (88.6%) 30 (42.3%) 42 (71.2%) 19 (45.2%)  
Other 41 2 (5.7%) 36 (50.7%) 1 (1.7%) 2 (4.8%)  
Employment status       
Full time 156 26 (74.3%) 47 (66.2%) 48 (81.1 35 (83.3%) 0.48
Part time 38 7 (20.0%) 17 (23.9%) 9 (15.3%) 5 (11.9%)  
Other 12 2 (5.7%) 6 (8.5%) 2 (3.4%) 2 (4.8%)  
Mental health policy present       
Yes 64 16 (45.7%) 15 (30.5%) 18 (30.5%) 15 (35.7%) 0.06
No 100 11 (31.4%) 37 (52.5%) 31 (52.5%) 21 (50.0%)  
Unsure 43 8 (22.9%) 19 (17.0%) 10 (17.0%) 6 (14.3%)  
Participant has read the mental health policyb       
Yes 32 6 (37.5%) 7 (46.7%) 11 (61.1%) 8 (53.3%) 0.57
No 32 10 (62.5%) 8 (53.3%) 7 (38.9%) 7 (46.7%)  
Thinks the mental health policy is adequateb       
Yes 20 3 (18.8%) 6 (40.0%) 8 (44.4%) 3 (20.0%) 0.48
No 10 2 (12.4%) 3 (20.0%) 3 (16.7%) 2 (13.3%)  
Unsure 34 11 (68.8%) 6 (40.0%) 7 (22.9%) 10 (66.7%)  
  1. EMCR Early-middle career researcher
  2. aIncludes participants who are currently completing a clinical degree (e.g., medicine, psychology or similar)
  3. bDenominator is based on the number of participants who were aware of their organisation having a mental health policy