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Table 1 Sociodemographic profile of first- and last-year healthcare and non-healthcare students (n = 789)

From: Self-medication in university students from the city of Rio Grande, Brazil

Variable Healthcare Non-healthcare Total
  First-year Last-year First-year Last-year  
Age, n (%)      
 > 30 years 19 (7.1) 14 (7.9) 28 (12.8) 20 (16.1) 81 (10.3)
 20–30 years 159 (59.3) 157 (88.2) 93 (42.5) 103 (83.1) 512 (64.9)
 ≤ 19 years 90 (33.6) 7 (3.9) 98 (44.7) 1 (.8) 196 (24.8)
 Total 268 178 219 124 789
Sex, n (%)      
 Female 188 (70.4) 112 (63.3) 133 (61.0) 58 (46.8) 491 (62.5)
 Male 79 (29.6) 65 (36.7) 85 (39.0) 66 (53.2) 295 (37.5)
 Total 267 177 218 124 786
Race, n (%)      
 White 230 (86.8) 156 (88.6) 178 (82.4) 100 (80.6) 664 (85.0)
 Non-white 35 (13.2) 20 (11.4) 38 (17.6) 24 (19.4) 117 (15.0)
 Total 265 176 216 124 781
Housing arrangement, n (%)      
 Family 170 (63.4) 96 (54.2) 128 (58.4) 74 (60.2) 468 (59.5)
 Friends 53 (19.8) 33 (18.6) 43 (19.6) 30 (24.4) 159 (20.2)
 Alone 34 (12.7) 37 (20.9) 31 (14.2) 15 (12.2) 117 (14.9)
 n/a 11 (4.1) 11 (6.2) 17 (7.8) 4 (3.3) 43 (5.5)
 Total 268 177 219 123 787
Children, n (%)      
 No 241 (89.9) 165 (92.7) 185 (84.5) 107 (86.3) 698 (88.5)
 Yes 18 (6.7) 12 (6.7) 28 (12.8) 14 (11.3) 72 (9.1)
 Total 268 178 219 124 789
Paternal age, n (%)      
 37–50 years 108 (45.2) 37 (23.3) 86 (45.5) 38 (37.3) 269 (39.0)
 51–89 years 131 (54.8) 122 (76.7) 103 (54.5) 64 (62.7) 420 (61.0)
 Total 239 159 189 102 689
Maternal age, n (%)      
 34–50 years 162 (63.3) 70 (40.7) 129 (62.3) 52 (44.1) 413 (54.8)
 51–88 years 94 (36.7) 102 (59.3) 78 (37.7) 66 (55.9) 340 (45.2)
 Total 256 172 207 118 753
Paternal education, n (%)      
 < 8 years 57 (21.3) 27 (15.2) 50 (23.0) 21 (16.9) 155 (19.7)
 8–11 years 118 (44.2) 80 (44.9) 89 (41.0) 61 (49.2) 348 (44.3)
 > 11 years 92 (34.5) 71 (39.9) 78 (35.9) 42 (33.9) 283 (36.0)
 Total 267 178 217 124 786
Maternal education, n (%)      
 < 8 years 57 (21.3) 27 (15.2) 50 (23.0) 21 (16.9) 155 (19.7)
 8–11 years 92 (34.5) 71 (39.9) 78 (35.9) 42 (33.9) 283 (36.0)
 > 11 years 118 (44.2) 80 (44.9) 89 (41.0) 61 (49.2) 348 (44.3)
 Total 267 178 217 124 786