Table 1A.

Sociodemographic Description of the 273 Study Children and Their Parents

VariableAverage (SD)Median (Q1,Q3)Number (%)
Age (mo)24.8  (6.1)24.0  (20.3, 28.2)
Gender (female)131  (48.0)
Asthma at the time of the questionnaire*27  (9.9)
Chronic otitis at the time of the questionnaire*50  (18.3)
Allergies at the time of the questionnaire*25  (9.2)
Region
 Montréal118  (43.2)
 Laval47  (17.2)
 Lanaudière31  (11.4)
 Laurentides77  (28.2)
Number of hours spent at DCC/week35.3  (11.8)40  (26, 45)
Presence of smokers at home
 151  (18.7)
 ≥228  (10.3)
Presence of other children at home
 1121  (44.8)
 224  (8.9)
 ≥33  (1.1)
Single-parent family42  (15.4)
Family receives governmental subsidy for the child73  (27.0)
Number of days of follow-up155.2  (35.7)168  (140, 182)
VariableNumber (%)Missing (%)
Who filled in the questionnaire
 Mother254  (93.01)0 
Who provided follow-up reports
 Mother207  (90.0)43  (15.6)
 Father11  (4.7)0 
 Both12  (5.2)0 
Highest school degree completed by the mother
 Elementary2  (0.7)2  (0.7)
 Secondary68  (25.1)
 Community college65  (24.0)
 University136  (50.2)
Occupation of the mother
 Works226  (83.1)1  (0.4)
 Studies28  (10.3)
 Stays home16  (5.9)
 Welfare2  (0.7)
Mother employed full time184  (81.4)1  (0.4)
Highest school degree completed by the father
 Elementary8  (3.2)25  (9.1)
 Secondary72  (29.0)
 Community college49  (19.8)
 University119  (48.0)
Occupation of the father
 Works232  (92.1)21  (7.6)
 Studies5  (2.0)
 Stays home9  (3.6)
 Welfare6  (2.4)
Father employed full time222  (95.7)2  (0.9)
Who usually misses work or school when the child is absent from the DCC*
 Mother98  (50.3)
 Father16  (8.2)
 Varies81  (41.5)
  • Abbreviations: SD, standard deviation; Q1, first quartile; Q3, third quartile; DCC, day care center.

  • * Chronic otitis, asthma, and allergies declared by the parents at the time of the questionnaire.

    Based on 196 observations.

  • Based on 269 children (4 missing values).

    Abbreviation: DCC, day care center.