Table 1

Response rates to general health question specifically mentioning hay fever and eczema at age 16 by sex, social class, and history of hay fever or eczema

Sex% (proportion) responding in 1974 (1958 cohort)% (proportion) responding in 1986 (1970 cohort)
Male61 (5681/9263)51 (4623/9032)
Female64 (5514/8677)57 (4761/8392)
Father's social class at birth1415
I58 (425/734)54 (420/782)
II63 (1311/2071)57 (1025/1799)
IIINM64 (1000/1553)60 (1094/1809)
IIIM63 (5084/8050)54 (3840/7132)
IV64 (1244/1932)52 (1213/2314)
V63 (984/1552)50 (499/1008)
Hay fever by age 7 (1958 cohort) or age 5 (1970 cohort)*
Yes70 (561/801)59 (323/549)
No67 (9219/13 701)60 (7196/11 972)
Eczema by age 7 (1958 cohort) or age 5 (1970 cohort)*
Yes66 (697/1052)61 (938/1539)
No67 (9083/13 457)60 (6602/11 016)
  • * Response rates tend to be higher as they are based on children with a response at a previous follow up.