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Table 2 Baseline characteristics for maternal and paternal mental health condition (minor and moderate-severe) and reference group

From: Parental mental health conditions and use of healthcare services in children the first year of life– a register-based, nationwide study

  Mother Father
Reference group (no mental health condition) Minor Moderate-severe Reference group
(no mental health condition)
Minor Moderate-severe
Children total N (%) 773,734 (80.2) 111,040 (11.4) 79,621 (8.3) 843,353 (87.4) 72,551 (7.5) 48,491 (5.0)
Boys, percentages 51.3 51.4 51.4 51.3 51.3 51.9
Girls, percentages 48.7 48.6 48.6 48.7 48.7 48.1
Parity, percentages
 First child 42.9 43.4 48.3 43.3 42.4 47.2
 Second or more 55.9 55.5 50.4 55.5 56.4 51.5
 Missing 1.2 1.0 1.3 1.2 1.2 1.3
Age, percentages
 < 25 10.6 10.4 23.1 5.2 4.9 13.4
 25–32 50.3 45.5 43.8 38.3 30.8 35.0
 > 32 39.1 44.0 33.2 54.2 61.6 47.7
 Missing 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.4 2.7 3.9
Educational level, percentages
 Low 14.6 17.3 35.8 16.4 22.9 41.0
 Medium 38.6 38.0 36.0 47.1 43.5 37.6
 High 45.9 44.0 27.3 35.3 32.1 18.3
 Missing 0.9 0.6 1.0 1.1 1.5 3.1
Household income, percentages
 Low 32.6 27.8 37.8 31.9 31.5 43.2
 Medium 37.4 36.4 28.1 37.5 33.7 23.3
 High 19.9 22.0 11.9 20.1 19.6 9.0
 Missing 10.1 13.8 22.2 10.4 15.1 24.4
Living with cohabiting parents, percentages
 Yes 94.5 91.3 83.9 94.2 90.0 81.0
 No 5.0 8.2 15.4 5.2 9.5 18.3
 Missing 0.6 0.5 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.6
Mental health condition of the other parent, percentages
 No mental health condition 90.1 78.8 74.2 82.6 65.0 61.5
 Minor 6.1 14.4 11.8 10.4 22.1 15.5
 Moderate-severe 3.9 6.8 14.0 7.0 12.9 23.0