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Table 1 Respondent Demographics

From: Parent perspectives on school food allergy policy

Characteristic Frequency, N (%)
Total Number of Respondents 289
Child’s gender
 Male 176 (63.4)
 Female 99 (34.3)
 Other/Would not like to report/Missing (missing = 12) 14 (4.8)
Child’s grade
 Elementary (1-5) 182 (70.0)
 Middle (6-8) 46 (15.9)
 High school (9-12) 35 (12.1)
 Missing 26 (9.0)
Type of school
 Public 227 (78.6)
 Private 16 (5.5)
 Religious School 29 (10.0)
 Other 17 (5.9)
How many severe reactions has your child had in his or her lifetime
 0 55 (19.0)
 1 88 (30.5)
  > 1 146 (50.5)
How many severe reactions has your child had in school in his or her lifetime
 0 237 (82.0)
 1 35 (12.1)
  > 1 17 (5.9)
How many severe reactions has your child experienced in school in the past year
 0 265 (91.7)
 1 19 (6.6)
  > 1 5 (1.7)
To which foods is your child allergic
 Peanut 220 (76.1)
 Tree nut 223 (77.2)
 Fin fish 21 (7.3)
 Shellfish 41 (14.2)
 Milk 106 (36.7)
 Egg 97 (33.56
 Soy 27 (9.3)
 Wheat 26 (9.0)
 Sesame 55 (19.0)
 Other 69 (23.9)
Ethnicity (Hispanic or Latino)
 Yes 12 (4.2)
 No 254 (87.9)
 Unknown 20 (6.9)
 Unspecified 3 (1.0)
Race
 Black/African American 9 (3.1)
 White 225 (77.9)
 Asian 11 (3.8)
 American Indian/Alaska Native 3 (1.0))
 Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0
 Other 16 (5.5)
 Unknown 25 (8.7)
Child’s comorbid conditions
 Asthma 161 (55.7)
 Eczema 144 (49.8)
 Seasonal allergy 228 (78.9)
 Indoor allergy 98 (33.9)
 Pet allergy 153 (52.9)
 Insect allergy 25 (8.7)
 Medication allergy 61 (21.0)
 None 15 (5.2)
 Other 9 (3.1)
Respondent’s relationship to child
 Mother 263 (91.3)
 Father 9 (3.3)
 Grandparent 0
 Other 3 (1.0)
 Unknown 14 (4.8)
Highest level of education
 Some secondary school (9th grade and above) 2 (0.7)
 High school graduate or GED 3 (1.0)
 Some college 20 (6.9)
 College degree 144 49.8)
 Master’s degree 80 (27.7)
 Doctoral degree 23 (8.0)
 Unknown 17 (5.9)
Income
  < $50,000 18 (6.2)
 $50,000-$74,999 24 (8.3)
 $75,000-$99,999 39 (13.5)
 $100,000 or higher 160 (55.4)
 Unknown 48 (16.6)
Region
 Northeast 102 (35.3)
 Midwest 105 (36.3)
 South 31 (10.7)
 West 20 (6.9)
 Unknown 31 (10.7)