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Table 2 Frequency of stressful events and social health issues by maternal age*

From: Stressful events, social health issues and psychological distress in Aboriginal women having a baby in South Australia: implications for antenatal care

    Maternal age at birth of index child  
  Total 15–19 years 20–24 years 25–29 years 30+ years Chi2
n % n % n % n % n % p-value
Upset by family arguments 187 55.3 28 51.9 72 52.6 57 64.0 30 51.7 0.29
Housing problems/moved house 144 42.6 23 43.4 66 48.5 38 41.8 17 29.3 0.10
Family member or a friend passed away 137 40.9 20 38.5 51 37.8 42 46.7 24 41.4 0.59
Pestered for money 106 31.3 12 22.2 43 31.4 27 29.7 24 42.1 0.15
Scared by other people’s behaviour 103 30.7 15 27.8 38 28.1 26 28.9 24 42.1 0.24
Left home because of a family argument 90 26.6 17 32.1 38 27.5 24 26.4 11 19.6 0.51
Very sick or badly injured (not related to pregnancy) 81 24.3 12 22.2 30 22.1 22 24.7 17 31.5 0.57
Partner had problems with drugs or alcohol 70 21.8 12 24.0 24 18.0 19 22.4 15 28.3 0.46
Had to stop working or studying (not related to pregnancy) 53 16.1 3 6.0 26 19.3 16 17.8 8 14.5 0.17
Pushed, shoved or assaulted 53 15.9 8 15.1 19 14.2 15 16.9 11 19.3 0.83
Problems with the police or need to go to court 42 12.5 6 11.1 18 13.1 14 15.7 4 7.0 0.46
Mother had problems with drugs or alcohol 30 8.9 2 3.7 16 11.7 6 6.7 6 10.7 0.27
Total    55 100.0 140 100.0 91 100.0 58 100.0  
  1. *Denominators vary due to missing values