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Table 1 Sample characteristics

From: Childrens physical activity and screen time: qualitative comparison of views of parents of infants and preschool children

  Parents of infants Parents of preschoolers
Characteristic N (%) N (%)
Child   
Female gender 29 (48) 21 (58) ††
Age in months [m (range)] 5 (2–11) 58 (48–66)††
Only child (no siblings) 61 (100) 5 (14)
Parent in focus group*   
Female gender 61 (100) 34 (94)
Age in years [m (range)] 32 (21–38) 38 (28–71)
Highest level of education:   
  Some high school 2 (3) 7 (19)
  Completed high school 10 (16) 10 (28)
  Trade certificate/apprenticeship 9 (15) 7 (19)
  University degree 40 (66) 12 (33)
Employment status:   
  In paid employment 10 (16) 12 (33)
  On maternity leave 43 (71) 4 (11)
  Home duties 8 (13) 17 (47)
  Student/unemployed 0 3 (8)
Hours of paid employment per week**[m (range)] 26 (8–45) 19 (2–52)
Married/de facto relationship 60 (98) 31 (89)
English is main language spoken at home 60 (98) 30 (83)
Born in Australia 54 (89) 27 (75)
Family has a health care card 5 (8) 12 (33)
Partner   
Age in years [m (range)] 34 (23–43) 41 (28–72)
Born in Australia 50 (83) 22 (69)
Highest level of education:   
  Some high school 4 (7) 0
  Completed high school 12 (20) 5 (16)
  Trade certificate/apprenticeship 11 (18) 14 (44)
  University degree 33 (55) 13 (41)
Partner in paid employment 55 (100) 30 (97)
  1. * Note: includes one grandparent in the preschooler group.
  2. **n = 9 for parents of infants for this question; n=12 for parents of preschoolers.
  3. Health care cards are provided by the Federal Government to low-income earners who pass a means-test. They allow access to subsidised health care, public transport, utilities and car registration.
  4. †† Where participants had more than one child attending the preschool, the eldest child′s age and gender are included here.
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