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Table.2 The baseline characteristics and risk behaviours of the students (n = 425) and parents (n = 427)

From: Effectiveness of a pre-adolescent inter-generational intervention to address HIV and obesity in South Africa, using a pretest-posttest design

Variable n %
Student
 Sex
  Male 195 45.9
  Female 230 54.1
 School
  A 94 22.1
  B 73 17.2
  C 69 16.2
  D 115 27.1
  E 74 17.4
 School quintile
  1 167 39.3
  2 70 16.5
  3 114 26.8
  4 74 17.4
 School location
  Rural 236 55.5
  Urban 189 44.5
 Lives with
  Both parents 188 44.2
  Mother only 157 36.9
  Father only 22 5.2
  Caregiver 58 13.7
 Transportation mode to school
  Walk 192 45.2
  Bus 116 27.3
  Taxi 77 18.1
  Car 38 8.9
  Other 2 0.5
 Travel time to school (minutes)
  5–20 188 44.2
  21–40 80 18.8
  41–60 17 4.0
  > 60 18 4.2
  Uncertain 122 28.7
 Cigarette smoking behaviour
  Everyday 23 5.4
  A few times every week 5 1.2
  A few times during the entire month 15 3.5
  Only once in the past month 12 2.8
  Never 370 87.1
 Alcohol consumption behaviour
  Everyday 15 3.5
  A few times every week 16 3.8
  A few times during the entire month 22 5.2
  Only once in the past month 44 10.4
  Never 328 77.2
 HIV testing behaviour
  Not tested/uncertain 294 69.2
 Attitude about weight   
  Unhappy with current weight 67 15.8
Parent
 Parent 342 80.1
 Caregiver 85 19.9
 Sex
  Male 62 14.5
  Female 365 85.5
 Level of education
  Did not complete Grade 12 225 53.2
  Grade 12 126 29.8
  Post-Grade 12 qualification 72 17.0
 Employment status
  Currently employed 137 32.9
  Spouse currently employed 106 24.8
 Government Social Grant dependent
  Child Grant 280 65.6
  Old Age Pension Grant 22 5.2
  Foster Child Grant 20 4.7
  Disability Grant 6 1.4
  Unemployment Income Fund 1 0.2
 Cigarette smoking behaviour
  Everyday 32 7.5
  A few times every week 7 1.6
  A few times during the entire month 1 0.2
  Only once in the past month 9 2.1
  Never 378 88.5
 Alcohol consumption behaviour
  Everyday 14 3.3
  A few times every week 31 7.3
  A few times during the entire month 50 11.7
  Only once in the past month 64 15.0
  Never 268 62.8
 HIV testing behaviour
  Not tested 129 30.2
 Attitude about weight
  Unhappy with current weight 107 25.1