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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of the study sample

From: Identification of health-related behavioural clusters and their association with demographic characteristics in Irish university students

  Total (%)
(n = 5672)
Males (%)
(n = 2907)
Females (%)
(n = 2765)
Student Characteristics
Student Type (%)
 Undergraduate 95.1 95.6 94.5
 Postgraduate 4.9 4.4 5.5
 Full-time 95.5 96.0 95.0
 Part-time 4.5 4.0 5.0
Student Field of Study (%)
 Science, maths and computing 29.0 39.8 17.5
 Social, business, law and tourism 21.5 18.0 25.2
 Health, welfare and exercise related 18.2 16.5 20.0
 Humanities and arts 14.1 9.6 18.9
 Education 6.5 2.9 10.3
 Engineering and construction 5.4 8.6 2.1
 Other courses 5.3 4.6 6.0
Accommodation Type (%)
 At home 48.1 52.1 44.0
 Away from home 51.9 47.9 56.0
Behavioural Characteristics
 Physical Activity:
 Meeting Guidelines**
66.0 72.6 59.0
 Alcohol:
 % ≥2 times/week**
22.6 25.1 20.0
 Smoking:
 % Yes**
19.3 21.2 17.4
 Drug Use:
 % Yes**
19.0 26.5 11.1
 Diet (Convenience):
 % ≥ once/week**
39.5 44.2 34.7
 Diet (Fresh food prep):
 % ≥4 times/week**
58.4 55.5 61.4
  1. **= significant difference between male and female responses (p < 0.01)