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Table 2 Participant characteristics

From: Recruiting ‘hard to reach’ parents for health promotion research: experiences from a qualitative study

Parent characteristic N (ROI) % (ROI) N (NI) % (NI)
Place of birth
 Ireland/Northern Ireland 33 71.7 34 91.9
 Other part of United Kingdom 1 2.2 1 2.7
 Other European country 4 8.7 1 2.7
 Africa 6 13 0 0
 Asia 1 2.2 0 0
 Australia 0 0 1 2.7
 Not specified 1 2.2 0 0
Ethnicity
 White 34 73.9 36 97.3
 Irish Travellera 5 10.8 0 0
 Black or Black Irish: African 5 10.8 1 2.7
 Any other Black background 1 2.2 0 0
 Asian 1 2.2 0 0
Employment
 Employed / self-employed 18 39.1 26 70.3
 Unemployed / home duties 25 54.3 10 27
 Long term sickness/disabilityb 1 2.2 0 0
 Student2 2 4.3 0 0
 Not specified 0 0 1 2.7
Marriage status
 Married / cohabiting 36 78.2 24 64.9
 Single 4 8.7 10 27
 Separated / divorcedb 0 0 3 8.1
 Not specified 6 13 0 0
Eligibility for benefits
 Full medical cardbor Healthy Startc 24 52.1 16 43.2
Social support
 Enough help 29 63 30 81.1
 Not enough help 8 17.4 6 16.2
 No help at all 3 6.5 1 2.7
  1. aAn indigenous ethnic minority group
  2. bAsked in ROI only; Full medical card: a means tested entitlement to reduced cost or free medical care for a wide range of services used as an indicator for low income
  3. cAsked in NI only; Healthy Start: a means tested UK government food welfare scheme for low income or at risk families used as an indicator for low income
  4. Some questionnaire items differed slightly in each jurisdiction as they were taken from either the UK or Irish censuses (Additional file 2)