Table 2

Change in socio-demographic characteristics for non-owners at baseline by dog ownership status at one year follow-up

Characteristic

% New dog owners % (n = 92)

Continuing non-owners (n = 681)

p value


Marital status

No change

91.2

96.0

0.028

Couple to single

1.1

1.5

Single to couple

7.7

2.5

Education status

No change

93.2

93.3

0.960

Increase

6.8

6.7

Work status

No change

92.3

93.0

0.730

Now in workforce

3.3

4.0

No longer in workforce

4.4

3.0

Number of hours worked

No change

63.9

69.0

0.398

Increase

13.3

14.1

Decrease

22.9

16.9

Time to travel work

No change

53.9

64.5

0.148

Increase

27.0

20.1

Decrease

19.1

15.4

Occupation status

No change

72.4

76.6

0.328

Increase

11.5

12.7

Decrease

16.1

10.7

Household income

No change

56.8

62.6

0.227

Increase

34.6

25.8

Decrease

8.6

11.6

Children living at home <18 years

No change

94.2

93.1

0.644

Children now living at home

2.3

4.2

Children no longer living at home

3.5

2.7

Type of residence

No change

81.5

80.2

0.771

Moved to separate house

18.5

19.8


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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