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Table 2 Characteristics of interviewed parents (n = 39)

From: When a mother has cancer: strains and resources of affected families from the mother’s and father’s perspective - a qualitative study

Characteristics Number
Patients (n = 29)
Age (years; M, Range) 39.4 (30–51)
Family status
 Living with the partner/other parent 21
 Single Parent 8
Education
 ≤ 11 years 13
 12–13 years 16
Job qualification
 Three-year training 16
 University degree 10
 other 3
Main earner of the family 11
Time since initial diagnosis (months; M, Range) 21.3 (2–77)
Diagnosis
 Breast cancer 20
 Other (e.g. leukaemia, gynaecological tumour, tumour of respiratory system) 9
Number of children
 1 13
 2 16
Age of children (years; M, Range) 7.4 (1–29)
Age of youngest child
 ≤ 5 years 17
 6–12 years 10
 > 12 years 2
Children
 Male 27
 Female 18
Partners (n = 10)
Age (years; M, Range) 37.6 (32–49)
Education
 ≤ 11 years 2
 12–13 years 8
Job qualification
 Three-year training 3
 University degree 7
 Other
Main earner of the family 7