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Table 1 Participant characteristics

From: A qualitative exploration of the impact of COVID-19 on food decisions of economically disadvantaged families in Northern Ireland

  MEAN ± SD RANGE
Children’s age (y)a 9 ± 4.5 2–15
Parents’ age (y) 38 ± 8.4 22–51
  N %
Parents’ gender
 Females / Males 11 / 1 92 / 8
Number of children
 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 1 / 2 / 6 / 3 8.3 / 16.7 / 50 / 25
Ethnic background
 White / Asian 11 / 1 91.7 / 8.3
Country of birth
 Northern Ireland 7 58.3
 England 3 25
 Poland 1 8.3
 Vietnam 1 8.3
Employment
 Employed full-time 1 8.3
 Employed part-time 3 25
 Home duties 7 58.3
 Long-term sickness / disability 1 8.3
Location of residence
 Urban / Rural 9 / 3 75 / 25
Education level
 Secondary school 4 33.3
 Non-degree qualification 3 25
 University qualification 5 41.7
Eligibility for benefits
 Yes / No 9 / 3 75 / 25
Marital status
 Married or living with partner 6 50
 Single 3 25
 Separated 3 25
  1. aSome of the participants had children outside the age range 2–17, which were not included in the descriptive statistics