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Table 1 Child and parent characteristics for the main survey (n = 7,906) and non-respondents who were telephoneda (n = 225)

From: Parent experiences questionnaire for outpatient child and adolescent mental health services (PEQ-CAMHS Outpatients): reliability and validity following a national survey

   Variable Main survey N (%) Telephone interviews N (%)
Sex of patient   
   Female 2946 (37.3) 82 (36.4)
   Male 4947(62.7) 143 (63.6)
Mean (sd) age of patient 11.32 (3.22) 11.15 (3.39)
Sex of parent completing questionnaire   
   Female 6515 (85.3) 173 (84.4)
   Male 1124 (14.7) 34 (15.6)
Mean (sd) age of parent 40.38 (6.87) 39.88 (7.13)
Education level of parent   
   Primary school 827 (10.8) 45 (20.4)**
   High school 3456 (44.9) 120 (54.3)
   University graduate 2049 (26.6) 39 (17.6)
   University postgraduate 1361 (17.7) 17 (7.7)
First language of parent   
   Norwegian 7292 (94.7) 214 (96.0)
   Sami 20 (0.3) 2 (0.9)
   Other Scandinavian 87 (1.1) 3 (1.3)
   Other European 150 (1.9) 0
   Not European 149 (1.9) 4 (1.8)
Main activity of parent in the past week   
   Work 5203 (69.8) 119 (55.3)
   Sick leave 1322 (17.7) 61 (28.4)
   Education 332 (4.5) 9 (4.2)
   Home worker 453 (6.1) 20 (9.3)
   Unemployed 149 (2.0) 6 (2.8)
No. previous contacts with clinic   
   0 5674 (74.2) 156 (72.9)**
   1 877 (11.5) 13 (6.1)
   >1 1100 (14.4) 45 (21.0)
No. clinic visits in past three months   
   0 0 71 (32.7)**
   1 2520 (35.2) 37 (17.1)
   2-5 3255 (45.5) 73 (33.6)
   6-12 1224 (17.1) 29 (13.4)
   12- 153 (2.1) 7 (3.2)
Mean (sd) parent clinic knowledge 3.79 (1.04) 3.76 (1.03)
   Very poor 321 (4.3) 5 (2.3)
   Fairly poor 513 (6.8) 18 (8.4)
   Neither poor nor good 1582 (21.0) 62 (28.8)
   Fairly good 3141 (41.7) 69 (32.1)
   Very good 1968 (26.2) 61 (28.4)
Child badly treated?   
   No 7310 (95.6) 218 (99.1)
   Once 188 (2.5) 1 (0.5)
   Sometimes 128 (1.7) 1 (0.5)
   Many times 23 (0.3) 0
Mean (sd) parent experiences scoresb 65.29 (21.13) 64.10 (21.10)
   Care and consideration - parentc 2.81 (0.93) 2.71 (0.94)
   Took viewpoints seriously 3.04 (0.91) 2.91 (0.86)**
   Information - treatment 2.11 (1.12) 2.19 (1.12)
   Overall outcome - parent 2.46 (1.09) 2.51 (1.09)
  1. aT-test - age, parent experiences scores; Mann-Whitney test - parent experiences items, parent clinic knowledge; Chi-Square test - sex, education level, first language, main activity, number of previous contacts, number of clinic visits, child badly treated.
  2. Asterisks denote statistically significant differences between the two groups: *p < 0.05;**p < 0.01.
  3. bSum of the four items transformed to 0-100 where 100 is the best possible experiences of care.
  4. cItems are scored from 0-4 where 4 is the best possible experiences of care.