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Table 5 Sample characteristics at baseline

From: The effect of motivational interviewing on oral healthcare knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of parents and caregivers of preschool children: an exploratory cluster randomised controlled study

  Control Test All
Age group n % n % n %
18-24 9 16.7 1 4.0 10 12.7
25-34 22 40.7 16 64.0 38 48.1
35-44 17 31.5 5 20.0 22 27.8
45-54 2 3.7 2 8.0 4 5.1
55-64 2 3.7 0 0.0 2 2.5
0ver 65 1 1.9 0 0.0 1 1.3
Missing 1 1.9 1 4.0 2 2.5
Total 54 100 25 100 79 100
Not significant (Chi square)
Gender       
Female 45 83.3 21.0 84.0 66 83.5
Male 7 13.0 13.0 16.0 11 13.9
Missing 2 3.7 3.7 0.0 2 2.5
Total 54 100 100 100 79 100
Not significant (Chi square)
Ethnic group       
African 24 44.4 7 28.0 31 39.2
Indian 3 5.6 7 28.0 10 12.7
Mixed 26 48.1 9 36.0 35 44.3
Missing 1 1.9 2 8.0 3 3.8
Total 54 100 25 100 79 100
p < 0.05 (Chi square)
Occupational group       
Professional 1 1.9 2 8.0 3 3.8
Managerial / lower professional 6 11.1 9 36.0 15 19.0
Non manual (skilled) 13 24.1 3 12.0 16 20.3
Skilled manual 6 11.1 2 8.0 8 10.1
Semi-skilled manual 3 5.6 1 4.0 4 5.1
Non-skilled manual 7 13.0 0 0.0 7 8.9
Housewife/ unemployed 13 24.1 7 28.0 20 25.3
Missing 5 9.3 1 4.0 6 7.6
Total 54 100 25 100 79 100
p < 0.05 (Chi square)
Highest level of education       
University 8 14.8 9 36.0 17 21.5
Technical college 6 11.1 4 16.0 10 12.7
Secondary 32 59.3 9 36.0 41 51.9
Primary 7 13.0 2 8.0 9 11.4
Missing 1 1.9 1 4.0 2 2.5
Total 54 100 25 100 79 100
p < 0.05 (Chi square)