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Table 1 Sample characteristics of the recruited samples (children living in foster and biological families)

From: Children’s mental health problems and their relation to parental stress in foster mothers and fathers

  Foster families Biological families Statistical test
Children’s age M = 3.49 (SD = 1.32) M = 4.40 (SD = 1.41) t = 4.65, df = 217, p < .001
Children’s sex 39 female, 40 male 76 female, 64 male χ 2 = .49, p = .484
Age of the mother M = 40.54 (SD = 6.81) M = 35.38 (SD = 5.40) t = 6.17, df = 217, p < .001
Age of the father M = 44.01 (SD = 6.73) M = 38.62 (SD = 6.01) t = 5.96, df = 209, p < .001
Time in foster family (in months) M = 17.72 (SD = 8.61)