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Table 2 Characteristics of the study children at ages 7 and 13 years with a reported ownership of any pets

From: Socio-demographic factors associated with pet ownership amongst adolescents from a UK birth cohort

Variable Level Age 7
(n = 8331)
Age 13
(n = 2332)
Number (%) Number (%)
Gender Male 4312 (52) 751 (32)
Female 4019 (48) 1580 (68)
Ethnicity White 6068 (97) 1868 (97)
Non-white 422 (3) 50 (3)
Number of people in household 3 1233 (15) 323 (15)
4 4168 (50) 1138 (51)
5+ 2904 (35) 774 (34)
Presence of an older sibling at 18 months Yes 4323 (54) 1140 (51)
No 3636 (46) 1095 (49)
Maternal education CSE or no qualification (lowest) 1631 (21) 222 (10)
Vocational 710 (9) 166 (7)
O level 2873 (35) 722 (32)
A level 2102 (26) 647 (29)
Degree (highest) 1269 (16) 478 (21)
Paternal education CSE or no qualification (lowest) 1631 (21) 366 (16)
Vocational 639 (8) 165 (7)
O level 1711 (22) 451 (20)
A level 2199 (28) 645 (29)
Degree (highest) 1683 (21) 608 (27)
Maternal social class Professional (highest) 478 (7) 189 (9)
Managerial and technical 2365 (34) 814 (36)
Skilled: non-manual 2957 (43) 892 (40)
Skilled: manual 467 (7) 131 (6)
Partly skilled 550 (8) 176 (8)
Unskilled (lowest) 116 (2) 33 (2)
Paternal social class Professional (highest) 941 (13) 344 (15)
Managerial and technical 2667 (36) 839 (38)
Skilled: non-manual 858 (12) 274 (12)
Skilled: manual 2154 (29) 574 (26)
Partly skilled 603 (8) 167 (8)
Unskilled (lowest) 189 (3) 37 (2)
Maternal age at delivery < 21 years 303 (4) 56 (3)
21–30 years 5043 (61) 1292 (58)
> 30 years 2985 (36) 887 (40)
Mother had pets as a child No, not at all 743 (10) 196 (9)
Yes, part of time 3517 (46) 994 (45)
Yes, always 3365 (44) 1045 (47)
House type Detached 2443 (29) 764 (34)
Semi-detached 3086 (27) 801 (36)
End terrace 771 (9) 198 (9)
Terraced 1652 (20) 396 (18)
Flat/room in someone else’s house/other 336 (4) 76 (3)