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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of mothers participating in support/education group trial and qualitative interviews (N = 8)

From: Understanding how education/support groups help lone mothers

Characteristic Mean (SD)
Age, yr 36.3 (4.6)
  %
Treated for "nerves" or nervous condition in last 6 mo 75.0
Maternal education   
   Some secondary or less 12.5
   Completed secondary 25.0
   Some postsecondary 25.0
   Completed postsecondary 37.5
Employed in past year 75.0
Income <$15,000 in past year 50.0
Financial pressure 75.0
Sources of financial support in past year   
   Wages and salaries 63.0
   Social assistance 75.0
   Other 75.0
Mood a 20.1 (9.4)
Self-esteem a 20.5 (5.3)
Social support a 40.8 (10.6)b
Parenting a 105.4 (16.4)
  1. aAll outcomes were scored to reflect poor functioning
  2. b Between -- group difference Intervention subjects included in qualitative study (n = 8) vs not included (n = 51) (p < .01), data not shown