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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