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Table 1 Demographic data for the participants in the Asperger syndrome (AS)/high-functioning autism (HFA) and control groups

From: Health-related quality of life in parents of school-age children with Asperger syndrome or high-functioning autism

  AS/HFA group N (%) Control group N (%)
Family status   
    nuclear 21 (65.6) 28 (87.5)
    single parent 5 (15.6) 2 (6.2)
    one step-parent 6 (18.7) 2 (6.2)
High-school education   
    mothers 20/31 (64.5) 19/30 (63.3)
    fathers 20/30 (66.6) 17/29 (58.6)
Gainful employment of parents   
    mothers 23/31 (74.1) 28/30 (93.3)
    fathers 28/30 (93.3) 28/29 (96.5)
On sick leave (for any illnesses)   
    mothers 3/31 (9.6) 1/30 (3.3)
    fathers 0/30 1/29 (3.4)
Age of parents (years)   
    mothers 42.4 ± 6.7 40.3 ± 5.1
    fathers 45.6 ± 6.9 42.7 ± 4.9
  1. Fischer's Exact test or Mann-Whitney test (age of parents). All differences between parents of the two groups were statistically non-significant.