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Table 2 Descriptive and socio-economic variables measured in the EPHE parental questionnaire

From: Promoting health equity in European children: Design and methodology of the prospective EPHE (Epode for the Promotion of Health Equity) evaluation study

Variable Questionnaire item Response categories
Questionnaire respondenta This questionnaire is filled in by: (1) The mother (2) The stepmother (3) The father (4) The stepfather (5) The grandmother (6) The grandfather (7) The caregiver
Age of child How old is your child? (1) 6 (2) 7 (3) 8 (4) 9 and above
Age of parent (respondent)b Which age group do you belong to? (1) 20 and below (2) 20–24 (3) 25–30 (4) 31–35 (5) 36–40 (6) 41 and above
Size of the householdb 1. How many persons live in your household, including yourself? 1. (1) 2 persons (2) 3–4 persons (3) 5–6 persons (4) More than 6 persons
  2. How many children (below 18 years old) live in your household? 2. (1) 1 child (2) 2 children (3) 3 children (4) a children (5) more than 4 children
Educationb How many years have you/your partner spend in full time study including school? (1) Less than 6 years (2) 6–8 years (3) 9–11 years (4) 12–14 years (5) 15–17 years (6) More than 17 years (7) I don’t have a spouse/partner
Labour statusb How would you define your/your partners’ current labour status? (1) Carry out a job or profession, including unpaid work for a family business or holding, including an apprenticeship or paid traineeship etc.
   (2) Unemployed (3) Student, further training, unpaid work experience (4) In retirement or early retirement or has given up business (5) Permanently disabled (6) In compulsory military or community service (7) Fulfilling domestic tasks (8) Other inactive person (9) I don’t have a spouse/partner
Sector of employmentc Which of the types of organisation you/your spouse work/worked for? (1) Central or local government (2) Other public sector (such as education and health) (3) A state-owned enterprise (4) A private firm (5) Self-employed (6) Other (7) I don’t have a spouse/partner
Perception of incomec Which of the description below comes closest to how you feel about your household’s income nowadays? (1) Living comfortably on present income (2) Coping on present income (3) Finding it difficult on present income (4) Finding it very difficult on present income
Main source of incomec Please consider the income of all household members and any income which may be received by the household as a whole. What is the main source of income in your household? (1) Wages or salaries (2) Income from self-employment (excluding farming) (3) Income from farming (4) Pensions (5) Unemployment/redundancy benefit (6) Any other social benefits or grants (7) Income from investment, savings, insurance property (8) Income from other sources
  1. aItem retrieved from the ENERGY parental questionnaire [22].
  2. bItem retrieved or adopted from the European Health Survey questionnaire [21].
  3. cItem retrieved from the European Social Survey questionnaire [20].