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Table 1 Sample characteristics of parental dyads (N = 156)

From: Differing needs of mothers and fathers during their child’s end-of-life care: secondary analysis of the “Paediatric end-of-life care needs” (PELICAN) study

Characteristics Total N = 156 (100%) Mothers n = 78 (50%) Fathers n = 78 (50%)
Agea, M (SD) 40 (6.7) 39 (6.1) 42 (7.1)
Language, n (%)
 German 131 (84.0) 66 (84.6) 65 (83.3)
 French 18 (11.5) 9 (11.5) 9 (11.5)
 Italian 7 (4.5) 3 (3.8) 4 (5.1)
Education, n (%)
 School levelsb 6 (3.8) 1 (1.3) 5 (6.4)
 Post school educationc 70 (44.9) 39 (50.0) 31 (39.7)
 Tertiary leveld 56 (35.9) 28 (35.9) 28 (35.9)
 University degree 24 (15.4) 10 (12.8) 14 (17.9)
Employment status at death of the child, n (%)
 Working 76 (48.7) 24 (30.8) 52 (66.7)
 Off worke 80 (51.3) 54 (69.2) 26 (33.3)
Family incomef, n (%) N = 130   
  ≤ CHF 100,000.- 62 (47.7)   
  > CHF 101,000.- 68 (52.3)   
  1. aAge at the time of the survey. bConsists of primary and secondary level. cConsists of college and vocational education. dConsists of degrees from schools of higher education. eConsists of being on sick leave, on unpaid leave, being unemployed or in educational training. fAnnual gross pay, Swiss average lies at CHF 152,000 [21]