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Table 2 Self-reported risk perception to heat waves in 2,183 participants from Guangdong province

From: Associations between risk perception, spontaneous adaptation behavior to heat waves and heatstroke in Guangdong province, China

Variables Health risk perception of heat waves χ 2 P
Low impact Moderate impact High impact
N (%) N (%) N (%)
Gender     8.62 0.013
  Male 194(16.7) 731(62.7) 240(20.6)
  Female 130(12.8) 694(68.2) 194(19.1)
Age (years)     33.02 <0.001
  <20 40(22.5) 114(64.0) 24(13.5)
  20–29 69(16.0) 293(68.1) 68(15.8)
  30–39 62(11.7) 335(63.3) 132(25.0)
  40–49 82(16.0) 317(61.9) 113(22.1)
  50–59 43(13.8) 218(70.1) 50(16.1)
  ≥60 28(12.6) 148(66.4) 47(21.1)
Education     108.97 <0.001
  Elementary school or lower 67(12.9) 374(71.9) 79(15.2)
  Junior middle school 111(15.8) 492(69.9) 101(14.3)
  Senior middle school or vocational secondary school 95(18.3) 323(62.1) 102(19.6)
  College or above 41(10.9) 191(50.9) 143(38.1)
  Didn’t answer 10(15.6) 45(70.3) 9(14.1)
Occupation     75.72 <0.001
  Agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry or fishing 60(11.8) 375(74.0) 72(14.2)
  Service trade 61(13.6) 312(69.6) 75(16.7)
  Person in charge of institute 28(18.4) 77(50.7) 47(30.9)
  Technician 37(14.7) 130(51.6) 85(33.7)
  Military or student 34(19.1) 114(64.0) 30(16.9)
  Unemployment or retired 33(12.9) 173(67.8) 49(19.2)
  Other 71(18.2) 244(62.4) 76(19.4)
Family monthly income per person (yuan)     57.00 <0.001
  < 500 35(12.2) 205(71.2) 48(16.7)
  500–999 68(17.8) 245(64.0) 70(18.3)
  1,000–1,999 53(12.9) 253(61.4) 106(25.7)
  2,000–4,999 71(13.7) 310(59.7) 138(26.6)
  5,000–9,999 32(18.9) 108(63.9) 29(17.2)
  ≥10,000 11(16.7) 49(74.2) 6(9.1)
  Don’t know or refused to answer 54(15.6) 255(73.7) 37(10.7)
Residential area     134.49 <0.001
  Urban 159(14.9) 588(55.3) 317(29.8)
  Rural 165(14.7) 837(74.8) 117(10.5)