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Table 2 Physical (PCS-12) and Mental Component Summary (MCS-12) scores and PCS-12/MCS-12 differences between mothers and fathers of the AS/HFA and control groups

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

SF-12 score AS/HFA group Mean (SD) n Control group Mean (SD) n β SE p 95% CI  
1. Mothers' PCS-12 44.7 (10.8) 31 52.5 (7.4) 30 -8.5 2.4 .001 -13.3 -3.6
2. Mothers' MCS-12 49.1 (11.1) 31 52.0 (9.6) 30 -2.7 2.7 .32 -8.2 2.7
3. Fathers' PCS-12 49.8 (6.9) 30 53.0 (6.8) 29 -2.1 1.8 .24 -5.7 1.5
4. Fathers' MCS-12 51.3 (7.8) 30 53.6 (6.1) 29 -2.7 1.9 .16 -6.5 1.1
5. PCS-12 difference 4.7 (13.8) 29 -0.3 (9.1) 29 6.9 3.1 .03 0.6 13.2
6. MCS-12 difference 2.8 (11.7) 29 0.5 (11.0) 29 1.5 3.1 .64 -4.8 7.7
  1. Each row is a separate Linear regression with the SF-12 score as the dependent variable. The independent variables were: group (AS/HFA vs. control), parental age, and child's age. Parental differences in the SF-12 scores (Items 5 and 6) were calculated as following: Fathers' PCS-12 (MCS-12) minus Mothers' PCS-12 (MCS-12). Positive value indicates better health for the father.