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Table 1 Demographic and clinical characteristics of spontaneous abortion group and comparison group

From: Depressive disorder and grief following spontaneous abortion

  Spontaneous abortion group (N = 137) Comparison group (N = 137) Significance
Age in years mean (SD) 30.39 (6.38) 28.79 (6.25) t = 2.09 p = 0.037
Race    Chi 0.71; df = 2; p = 0.70
 Sinhala 127 (93.4) 125 (91.2)
 Tamil 5 (3.7) 8 (5.8)
 Muslim 4 (2.9) 4 (2.9)
Religion    χ 2 = 1.19; df = 3; p = 0.76
 Buddhist 122 (89.1) 116 (84.7)
 Christian 7 (5.1) 10 (7.3)
 Hindu 4 (2.9) 6 (4.4)
 Islam 4 (2.9) 5 (3.6)
Education    
 10 years or less 83 (60.6) 100 (73.0) χ 2 = 4.76; df = 1; p = 0.03
 More than 10 years 54 (39.4) 37 (27.0)
Employment    χ 2 = 0.50; df = 1; p = 0.48
 Employed 32 (23.4) 27 (19.9)
 Unemployed or housewife 105 (76.6) 109 (80.1)
Income    χ 2 = 2.84; df = 3; P = 0.42
 Less than Rs. 10000 31 (22.6) 27 (19.7)
 Rs. 10000–15000 24 (17.5) 19 (13.9)
 Rs. 15000–20000 41 (29.9) 54 (39.4)
 >Rs. 20000 41 (29.9) 37 (27.0)
Living children    χ 2 = 2.48; df = 1; P =0.12
 Yes 80 (58.4) 67 (48.9)
 No 57 (41.6) 70 (51.1)
Period of amenorrhoea    χ 2 = 63.8; df =2; P <0.001
 ≤12 weeks 93 (70.5) 33 (24.6)
 13–18 weeks 32 (24.2) 54 (40.3)
 19–28 weeks 7 (5.3) 47 (35.1)
 Unknown 5 (3.6) 3 (2.2)