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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of sample

From: Effective suckling in relation to naked maternal-infant body contact in the first hour of life: an observation study

Demographic characteristics Births observed n (%) State or national population data (%)
Age a   
 18-19 years 3 (3.9) (5.6)b
 20-24 12 (15.4) (17.5)
 25-29 26 (33.3) (27.7)
 30-34 27 (34.6) (31.3)
 35 and over 10 (13) (17.9)
Marital statusa   
 Married/defacto 72 (91.3) (87.6)
 Single/separated/divorced 5 (6.6) (12.3)
 Non-response 1 (1.3) -
Occupational category c   
 Home duties 18 (27.7) -
 Clerical/ & administrative 18 (27.7) (25)
 Community & personal service 8 (10.3) (14)
 Manager/ 7 (10.8) (9)
 Technicians & trades 5 (7.7) (5)
 Sales 4 (6.2) (15)
 Professional/ 3 (4.6) (20)
 Student 2 (3.1) -
 Non-response 13 (16.7) (1)
Income c   
 No Income - (6)
 Up to $22,500 6(7.7) (31)
 $22,501 - 55,500 37 (47.4) (43)
 $55,501 or more 29 (37.2) (13)
 Non-response 6(7.7) (7)
Education d   
 Secondary education 41 (52.6) (69)
 Tertiary study 18 (23.1) (28.6)
 Higher degree 15 (20.5) (36.7)
 Non-response 3 (3.8) -
  1. aQueensland Health (2006), Health Statistics Center, Perinatal Statistics 2005.
  2. bQueensland Perinatal Data category is 15 – 19 years.
  3. cAustralian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) (2007), 2006 Census Community Profile (based on women in Queensland aged 18 – 54).
  4. dQueensland Government. (2006). Department of Education and the Arts.