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Table 4 Sample Characteristics of Study Population

From: The impact of different types of parental support behaviours on child physical activity, healthy eating, and screen time: a cross-sectional study

  Sample Ontario Populationa
Variable N % N %
Number of respondents 3206 100 2693850 100
Child age category (years)     
 0 to 4 851 26.6 704260 26.1
 5 to 8 686 21.5 569275 21.1
 9 to 12 683 21.4 590620 21.9
 13 to 17 977 30.6 829695 30.8
Child gender
 Male
1620 50.6 1381630 51.3
 Female 1585 49.5 1312220 48.7
Parent gender     
 Male 930 29.0 -- --
 Female 2274 71.0 -- --
Marital status     
 Not living with partner 469 14.7 604645 16.7
 Living with partner 2716 85.3 3007560 83.3
Time since immigration     
 Canadian-born 2407 76.5 8906000 71.1
 10+ years 533 16.9 2591915 20.7
 0-9 years 208 6.6 1019460 8.1
Education, highest level completed     
 Below secondary school 93 2.9 769575 11.0
 Secondary school diploma 395 12.4 1702160 24.3
 Post-secondary school 2692 84.7 4547145 64.8
Employment status     
 Employed 2513 79.2 16595030 60.9
 Unemployed 152 4.8 1395050 5.1
 Other 509 16.0 9269445 34.0
Total household incomeb     
 Respondents 2539 100 4886655 100
  <$20,000 116 4.6 556305 11.4
  $20,000 -$39,000 214 8.4 831135 17.0
  $40,000 -$59,000 310 12.2 824425 16.9
  $60,000-$79,000 345 13.6 680850 13.9
  $80,000-$99,000 393 15.5 552660 11.3
  ≥$100,000 1151 45.3 1441280 29.5
Number of children (under 18) in household     
 1 1181 36.9 -- --
 2-3 1874 58.5 -- --
 ≥4 150 4.7 -- --
  1. aAll Ontario data retrieved from: Statistics Canada, 2011 Census of Population
  2. bTotal household income, before taxes and deduction, from all sources in the past 12 months. Note that 21.1 % of the study sample did not provide their total household income
  3. -- Comparable data for the Ontario population not available