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Table 2 Comparison of levels of social support between migrant women (N = 1,195) and non- migrant women (N = 1.076) from rural area of Shandong Province, China

From: Social support and HIV/STDs infections among a probability-based sample of rural married migrant women in Shandong Province, China

  Migrant women(x ± s) Local women(x ± s) t P
Subjective support 25.00 ± 4.54 26.55 ± 4.12 -8.453 <0.001
 How many friends do you have who can provide help and support to you? 2.74 ± 0.86 2.88 ± 0.86 -4.006 <0.001
 How is your relationship with your neighbors? 3.16 ± 0.94 3.34 ± 0.90 -4.669 <0.001
 How is your relationship with your colleagues? 3.13 ± 0.91 3.33 ± 0.88 -5.575 <0.001
 How is the support you receive from your family members? 15.98 ± 3.58 16.99 ± 3.10 -7.148 <0.001
Objective support 7.50 ± 2.27 8.05 ± 2.64 -5.345 <0.001
 What was your living condition in the past year? 3.76 ± 0.73 3.94 ± 0.36 -7.618 <0.001
 What have been your sources of economic and practical support in case of emergency? 1.77 ± 1.03 1.97 ± 1.31 -4.222 <0.001
 What have been your sources of care when you were in trouble? 1.97 ± 1.14 2.13 ± 1.40 -2.917 0.004
Utilization of support 8.11 ± 1.80 8.22 ± 1.56 -1.457 0.145
 What is your way of confiding when you are in trouble? 3.42 ± 0.79 3.52 ± 0.72 -3.108 0.002
 How do you seek for help when you are in trouble? 2.86 ± 1.01 2.99 ± 0.99 -3.146 0.002
 To what extent are you involved in group (e.g. political organizations, religious organizations, labor unions and student unions) activities? 1.84 ± 1.04 1.71 ± 0.76 3.322 0.001
Total points of social support 40.61 ± 6.19 42.81 ± 6.29 -8.383 <0.001