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Table 2 Characteristics of study participants in the Swaziland Global Health Survey, 2003

From: Prevalence and correlates of truancy among adolescents in Swaziland: findings from the Global School-Based Health Survey

Factor Total Males Females
  n* (%)** n* (%)** n* (%)**
Age    
< 14 1465 (20.6) 472 (18.8) 949 (21.7)
14 2586 (36.9) 871 (35.5) 1635 (37.6)
15+ 3049 (42.5) 1127 (45.7) 1828 (40.7)
Sex    
Male 2526 (36.2)   
Female 4470 (63.8)   
Schooling (years)    
6 to 8 4496 (65.3) 1692 (69.7) 2684 (62.8)
9 to 11 2481 (34.7) 748 (30.3) 1666 (37.2)
Hungry    
Never 3428 (47.4) 1168 (47.0) 2138 (47.8)
Rarely 455 (5.9) 147 (5.5) 295 (6.2)
Sometimes 2548 (37.0) 877 (36.8) 1565 (36.9)
Most of the times or always 676 (9.7) 260 (10.7) 380 (9.0)
Drank alcohol    
Yes 984 (16.6) 410 (20.5) 536 (14.5)
No 5132 (83.4) 1638 (79.5) 3305 (85.5)
Number of times bullied    
0 3811 (60.4) 1203 (57.0) 2462 (62.3)
1 or 2 1381 (22.6) 457 (22.2) 872 (23.0)
3+ 1017 (17.0) 424 (20.8) 546 (14.7)
Most students kind and helpful    
Never 1587 (25.2) 605 (28.7) 916 (23.2)
Rarely 705 (10.9) 284 (13.2) 395 (9.7)
Sometimes 2334 (36.7) 746 (34.8) 1507 (37.9)
Most of the times 852 (13.0) 254 (11.4) 563 (13.8)
Always 895 (14.2) 254 (11.8) 600 (15.3)
Parents checked homework    
Never 2091 (31.3) 744 (32.8) 1259 (30.4)
Rarely 515 (7.8) 219 (9.7) 278 (6.8)
Sometimes 1710 (26.7) 536 (24.6) 1003 (25.0)
Most of the times 922 (14.1) 249 (11.2) 414 (10.1)
Always 1763 (26.8) 476 (21.7) 1116 (27.6)
Parents understood problems    
Never 1583 (24.1) 565 (25.6) 952 (23.2)
Rarely 547 (8.3) 264 (11.8) 263 (6.4)
Sometimes 1710 (26.7) 600 (27.1) 1033 (26.4)
Most of the times 922 (14.1) 276 (12.8) 617 (15.0)
Always 1763 (26.8) 517 (22.8) 1175 (28.9)
Parental supervision    
Never 1807 (27.5) 643 (28.8) 1073 (26.4)
Rarely 510 (7.6) 218 (9.6) 279 (6.7)
Sometimes 1785 (27.3) 620 (27.3) 1106 (27.7)
Most of the times 925 (14.3) 291 (13.2) 595 (14.9)
Always 1539 (23.3) 467 (21.1) 1002 (24.3)
Truancy    
Yes 1405 (21.6) 605 (27.5) 723 (17.9)
No 5200 (78.4) 1638 (72.5) 3374 (82.1)
  1. n* unweighted frequency
  2. (%)** weighted percent