Table 2

Age and sex of the study subjects. Psychosocial indicators of the household of the parents in the 1990 census

Non-European adoptees* n = 12240Long term foster care† n = 6437Other child welfare† n = 15868General population† n = 955326
*Sociodemographic indicators of the household of the adoptive mother; †sociodemographic indicators of the household of the biological mother; ‡no data about biological parents of adoptees.
Mean age in Nov 1990 (y)12.713.512.713.1
Sex (%)Male41.051.954.551.3
Female59.042.845.548.7
SES of maternal household (%)Unclassified13.065.042.319.1
Manual labour14.823.732.427.4
Skilled labour6.84.17.99.7
White collar 121.74.29.117.5
White collar 228.12.26.118.8
White collar 315.60.72.37.6
Maternal education (%)0–9 years9.021.99.010.1
10–11 years8.335.027.016.1
12–13 years40.139.046.246.9
14+years42.74.110.126.9
Maternal age at birth of child (y)Mean32.222.925.526.8
Housing (%)Missing information0.227.68.01.5
Rents apartment or unclassified8.555.561.223.3
Owns apartment5.75.18.37.5
Own house85.611.822.467.8
Received social welfare 1990 (%)yes1.351.445.36.9
Single adult household (%)Missing information0.226.77.11.0
yes6.433.242.811.3
No93.440.150.187.7
Residency (%)Metropolitan area26.835.433.127.6
Smaller city54.547.950.351.0
Rural18.616.716.621.4
Psychosocial risk factors (%)Parental alcohol misuse26.712.21.4
Parental substance misuse9.13.30.2
Parental psychiatric disorder20.813.32.2
At least one psychosocial risk factor41.223.33.4
Ethnicity (%)Swedish83.172.883.2
Mixed8.89.68.8
Finnish4.46.12.3
Other European2.24.92.8
Non-European1.56.53.5