Table 1.

Comparison of demographic data for Canadian-born and immigrant participants

CHARACTERISTICCANADIAN-BORN WOMEN (N = 438)IMMIGRANT WOMEN (N = 137)P VALUE (χ2 TEST)
Mean (SD) age, y25.5 (6.1)30.7 (6.7)< .001*
Pregnancies, n (%).001
  • No previous159 (36.3)27 (19.7)
  • 1 or 2 previous168 (38.4)58 (42.3)
  • ≥ 3 previous111 (25.3)52 (38.0)
Children, n (%)< .001
  • None261 (59.6)48 (35.0)
   ≥ 1177 (40.4)89 (65.0)
Induced abortions, n (%).416
  • No previous238 (54.3)69 (50.4)
  • ≥ 1 previous200 (45.7)68 (49.6)
Occupation, n (%).924
  • Employed314 (71.7)98 (71.5)
  • Unemployed28 (6.4)10 (7.3)
  • Student or homemaker96 (21.9)29 (21.2)
Relationship, n (%).006
  • Single, divorced, or separated203 (46.3)46 (33.6)
  • Married, common law, live together, or engaged191 (43.6)81 (59.1)
  • In a relationship44 (10.0)10 (7.3)
Income $42 000 or less, n (%)246 (59.1)77 (60.2).837
Grade 12 education or less, n (%)219 (50.0)41 (29.9)< .001
  • * Calculated using t test.

  • Calculated using χ2 test for 3 × 2 contingency table.

  • Canadian born, n = 416; immigrant, n = 128.