Table 1

Characteristics of the 1068 pre-school children and their parents

Characteristics


Characteristics of the children

N

%


Age (n = 1067)

- 2 or 3 years old

227

21%

- 4 years old

335

31%

- 5 years old

328

31%

- 6 years old

177

17%

Girls (n = 1068)

537

50%

First in birth order (n = 1039)

498

48%

Medical conditions (n = 1068)

- Preterm infant

96

9%

- Hospitalisation after birth

81

8%

- Asthma

156

15%

- Wearing of glasses

146

14%

- Auditory disorders

63

6%

- Allergy

214

20%

- Behavioural disorder

44

4%

- At least one surgical intervention

225

21%

- Other medical conditions

70

7%

Long term medication use (n = 1068)

73

7%

Frequency of administrating over the counter drugs without medical advice (n = 1062)

- Never

168

16%

- Rarely

311

29%

- Often

509

48%

- Almost every time my child is ill

74

7%

Under homeopathic treatment (n = 1043)

549

53%

Advice from a pharmacist within the last 12 months (n = 1051)

445

42%

Mean

SD

N. of primary care consultations within the last 12 months (n = 1029)

5.9

4.6


Parental characteristics

N

%


Single parent family (n = 1066)

136

13%

Rural place of residence (n = 1064)

217

20%

Occupation (n = 1056)

- Disadvantaged (workers, unemployed)

151

14%

- Moderately advantaged (self-employed, employees)

563

53%

- Advantaged (managers and executives)

342

33%

Education level (n = 1037)

- Elementary and secondary

285

27%

- High school diploma ("Baccalauréat")

238

23%

- Lower tertiary

235

23%

- Higher tertiary

279

27%

Annual family income (n = 949)

- < 14 000 €

168

18%

- 14 000 to 19 999 €

203

21%

- 20 000 to 29 999 €

286

30%

- 30 000 to 39 999 €

170

18%

- ≥ 40 000 €

122

13%

Mean

SD

Age of the respondent in year (n = 1058)

34.0

5.0

Parental stress level (n = 1040)

4.9

2.3


Bouche and Migeot BMC Public Health 2008 8:300   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-8-300

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