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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of Chinese-born and Australian-born mothers living in Australia

From: Differences in infant feeding practices between Chinese-born and Australian-born mothers living in Australia: a cross-sectional study

  Chinese-born n = 602 Australian-born n = 602
Mothers Mean (SD) Mean (SD)
 BMI of mother at start of pregnancy*** 21.45 (4.07) 24.9 (5.18)
 BMI at survey completion*** 23.16 (5.24) 26.00 (5.47)
  Proportion (%) Proportion (%)
Age (years)***
 15–24 years 2.7 12.0
 25–29 years 27.2 24.6
 30–34 years 40.2 35.6
 35+ years 29.9 27.8
Socioeconomic disadvantage (quintiles) ***
 1st quintile (greatest disadvantage) 13.3 13.8
 2nd quintile 7.7 15.9
 3rd quintile 26.7 23.3
 4th quintile 20.9 21.1
 5th quintile (least disadvantage) 31.4 26.0
 Main language (English) *** 15.0 100.0
 Spouse usually living in house (yes) 94.3 92.2
 Spouse at time of birth (yes) * 96.0 93.3
Highest school year completed***
 Year 12 or equivalent 94.4 76.9
 Year 11 or equivalent 1.8 10.1
 Year 10 or equivalent 3.3 13.0
 Did not go to school 0.5 0.0
 Educational qualification (yes) *** 89.9 80.7
Highest qualification***
 Postgraduate 43.5 13.0
 Bachelor degree 35.3 39.9
 Diploma 14.4 13.4
 Certificate 6.8 33.7
Income***
 >$156,000 3.7 10.3
 $88,400–$155,999 21.8 34.4
 $52,000–$88,399 21.9 28.8
 $26,000–$51,900 27.8 15.6
 <$25,999 24.8 11.0
Parity***
 One 62.6 43.3
 Two 31.5 35.2
 Three 5.0 14.5
 Four or more 0.9 7.0
Currently smoking (yes) ***
 Daily 0.4 9.0
 At least weekly 0.0 1.2
 Less often 0.1 2.1
Smoked whilst pregnant (yes) ***
 Daily 0.2 6.7
 At least weekly 0.2 1.2
 Less often 0.0 1.4
  1. *p < 0.05; **p < 0.01; ***p < 0.001