Table 2

Characteristics of the sample
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

1This refers to employment outside of the home. It also includes self-employment and work training programs.

2Includes one parent who gave two answers: ‘at school/in full-time education’ and ‘unemployed/looking for work’.

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.

Wong et al.

Wong et al. BMC Pediatrics 2012 12:158   doi:10.1186/1471-2431-12-158

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