Table 1: Demographic, socioeconomic, and psychological characteristics of the 270 respondents and their use of traditional medicines during the previous 12 months.

Variables and classes Percentage (%)Use of TMs in the last 12 months (%)

Sex
 Male893358 (65)
 Female18167119 (66)
Age (median no. of years)42
Children in the household (mean ± st. dev.)1.8 ± 1.8
Lived in interior (mean nr. years ± st. dev.)4.71 ± 9.0
Country of birth
 Suriname24591162 (66)
 The Netherlands736 (86)
Nationality
 Surinamese24591161 (66)
 Dutch14511 (79)
Marital status
 Married/cohabiting1495591 (61)
 Single (incl. widow, divorced)1074073 (68)
 LAT (partner lives elsewhere)14513 (93)
Ethnic group
 Afro-Surinamese1124186 (77)
 Hindustani632332 (51)
 Mixed542040 (74)
 Javanese2076 (30)
 Other (White, Chinese, and Brazilian)21813 (62)
Speaks Dutch
 Well20777138 (67)
 Moderately481831 (65)
 Badly1568 (53)
Educational level
 Low (≤primary school)361321 (58)
 Moderate (high school, Com. College)21379143 (67)
 High (college or university)21813 (62)
Employment level
 None1204476 (63)
 Part time (1–4 days/week)331223 (70)
 Full time (5–7 days/week)1174378 (67)
Monthly income
 Low (<$550)19271123 (64)
 Moderate ($550–910)391424 (62)
 High (>$911)261022 (85)
Religion
 None1769 (53)
 Christian-Catholic853260 (71)
 Christian-Protestant933469 (74)
 Hindu391420 (51)
 Muslim271012 (44)
 Winti626 (100)
Belief in winti/spirits
 Yes13951101 (73)
 No1314976 (58)
Belief healing power plants
 Yes25594172 (67)
 No1565 (33)
Belief magic power plants
 Yes1254691 (73)
 No1455486 (59)
Insurance
 Total coverage1194477 (65)
 Partial coverage893355 (61)
 No insurance532042 (76)