Table 2

Participant characteristics (with dog n=80, waiting list for dog n=84)

CharacteristicsWith dog
N (%)
Waiting list for dog
N (%)
p Value
Gender
 Male70 (87.5)77 (91.7)
Age (years)
 0–630 (37.5)60 (71.4)<0.001
 7–950 (62.5)24 (28.6)
Location
 Town/city centre11 (13.8)8 (9.0)0.217
 Suburb33 (41.3)47 (57.0)
 Countryside36 (45.0)28 (34.0)
Other conditions
 Yes24 (30.0)27 (32.1)0.767
Verbal
 Yes42 (52.5)35 (42.0)0.165
Education
 Preschool010 (11.9)
 Home tuition1 (1.0)4 (5.0)
 Primary13 (16.3)11 (31.1)0.025
 Special class (primary)17 (21.3)29 (34.5)
 Special school (ASD)49 (61.3)30 (35.7)
Interventions
 Speech and language38 (47.5)32 (38.1)0.224
 Occupational therapy37 (46.3)32 (38.1)0.290
 Resource teacher20 (25.0)22 (26.2)0.861
 Special needs assistant64 (80.0)57 (67.9)0.077
  • p Values are from valid χ² tests.

  • ‘–’ Not included in χ² analysis as numbers do not meet minimum expected count.

  • ASD, autism spectrum disorder.