Table 1

Baseline socio-demographic characteristics of non-owners at baseline by dog ownership status at one year follow-up

Characteristic

% New dog owners Mean (SD) (n = 92)

% Continuing non-owners Mean (SD) (n = 681)

p value


Gender (female)

62.0

57.3

0.395

Mean age (years)

39.1 (SD 9.59)

41.68 (SD 12.48)

0.021

Born in Australia

59.3

54.1

0.342

Marital status

Married/defacto

75.0

84.4

0.037

Separated/divorced/widowed

15.2

7.7

Single

9.8

8.0

Education

Secondary or less

38.5

38.5

0.073

Trade/apprentice/certificate

45.1

35.2

Bachelor or higher

16.5

26.3

Work status

Work

87.0

77.2

0.036

No work

12.0

15.2

Retired

1.1

7.7

Number of hours worked1

Half time

15.3 (16.5)

10.2 (13.0)

0.005

>Half time ≤ 38 hrs/week

23.5 (25.3)

22.8 (29.2)

(0.260)

>38 hrs/week ≤ 60 hrs/week

52.9 (57.0)

40.6 (51.9)

>60 hrs/week

1.2 (1.3)

4.6 (5.8)

Not in workforce

7.1

21.8

Occupation1

Management/administration

20.7 (22.2)

12.8 (16.3)

0.002

Professional

26.4 (28.4)

30.6 (38.8)

(0.111)

Blue collar

23.0 (24.7)

13.4 (17.0)

Clerical/sales/service/other

23.0 (24.7)

21.9 (27.8)

Not in workforce

6.9

21.3

Household income

<$49, 999

23.8

28.1

0.859

$50–69,999

27.4

25.3

$70–89,999

22.6

22.4

$90,000+

26.2

24.1

Children living at home <18 years

61.1

48.4

0.024

Mean age of children living at home

7.24 (SD 4.20)

6.43 (SD 4.54)

0.219

<18 years

Type of residence

Separate house

81.5

80.2

0.652

Semi-attached

8.7

9.6

Flat/unit

7.6

9.3

Other

2.2

0.9


1 Results presented within brackets for number of hours worked and occupation excludes those not in the workforce from the sample

Cutt et al. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2008 5:17   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-5-17

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