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Table 2 Characteristics of the sample

From: The social paediatrics initiative: a RICHER model of primary health care for at risk children and their families

Characteristics of parent who answered the survey: Distribution or mean (N=86)
Gender of parent (%)  
Female 91.9
Age of parent, M (SD) 37.7 (9.4)
Single parent (%)  
Yes 53.5
Marital status (%)  
Married or living with a partner 47.7
Separated/Divorced/Widowed 23.3
Never Married 24.4
Highest level of education (%)  
Did not complete secondary school or high school 26.7
Completed secondary school or high school 23.3
Had some university education or completed a community college, technical college, or postsecondary program 30.2
Completed a bachelor’s, graduate or professional degree 16.3
Work status (%)  
Employed1:  
Full-time 18.6
Part time 15.1
Unemployed/looking for work 12.8
Looking after your home/family 32.6
At school/full-time education2 3.5
Unable to work due to a long-term sickness or disability 12.8
Retired/other 2.3
Ethnicity (%)  
White 23.3
Chinese 32.6
Aboriginal (First Nations/Metis) 29.1
Other (Korean, Latino, Filipino, African, mixed ethnicity) 15.1
Born in Canada (%)  
No 51.2
For those not born in Canada, # of years living in Canada, M(SD) 11.0 (7.6)
Range 0–31 years
Language spoken at home (%)  
English 58.1
Cantonese/Mandarin 32.6
Other 9.3
Total household size (%)  
1–2 22.1
3 19.8
4 25.6
≥5 32.6
Number of children < 18 years old in household (%)  
0 4.7
1 39.5
2 29.1
3 14.0
4 or more 12.8
Household income (%)  
Less than $10,000 25.6
$10,000 - $30,000 40.7
$30,000 - $50,000 11.6
$50,000 - $80,000 5.8
More than $80,000 3.5
Type of housing (%)  
Apartment 50.0
House 44.2
Other (e.g. room, basement suite) 5.8
Length of time in home, M (SD) 3.8 (3.3) years
Range ½ month - 15 years
Rent or own? (%)  
Rent 81.4
Own 14.0
Other 2.3
Receives financial support for housing (%)  
Yes 43.0
Characteristics of the child that the parent focused on in the Survey: Distribution or Mean (N=86)
Overall general health (%)  
Excellent/Very good 51.2
Good 31.4
Fair/Poor 17.4
Diagnosis of long-term or chronic health problems (%)  
Yes 23.3
For those with long-term or chronic health problem(s), number of health problems, M(SD) 1.5 (0.7)
For those with long-term or chronic health problem(s) (%):  
Developmental (e.g. ADHD, autism, delayed speech) 45.0
Congenital (e.g. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) 50.0
  1. 1This refers to employment outside of the home. It also includes self-employment and work training programs.
  2. 2Includes one parent who gave two answers: ‘at school/in full-time education’ and ‘unemployed/looking for work’.
  3. Note. Frequencies may not add to 100% due to missing data. There was too much missing data to calculate mean age of children. Sex of child was not asked.