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Table 2 Change in socio-demographic characteristics for non-owners at baseline by dog ownership status at one year follow-up

From: Does getting a dog increase recreational walking?

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