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Table 2 Comparison of the distribution of characteristics by work engagement type (N = 277)

From: The health effects of gendered and devalued work: health outcomes of incarcerated women engaging in sex work and care/service work

  Sex work only
(n = 117)
Care/Service work only
(n = 92)
Engaged in both
(n = 68)
p value
Agea 38.4 37.7 40.5 n.s.
Race/Ethnicity
 Black 71.8 66.3 70.6  
 Hispanic 6.8 9.8 5.9 n.s.
 Other 21.4 23.9 23.5  
< High School Degree 61.5 37.0 64.6 <.01
Adverse childhood events 77.8 60.9 80.9 <.01
Social supporta 63.5 70.2 65.9 n.s.
Incarceration
 Meana 12.6 5.8 8.9 <.01
 First time 8.5 32.6 16.2  
 2–5 10.3 25.0 22.1 <.01
 6–12 39.3 29.3 35.3  
 > =13 41.9 13.0 26.5  
Health and wellbeing measures
 Health concerns 76.7 62.6 88.2 <.01
 Clinical depression 81.0 64.8 82.1 <.01
 egular drug use 81.0 42.4 72.7 <.01
 Self-esteema 28.0 26.6 27.6 <.01
  1. aMean comparison, otherwise proportional comparison