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Table 1 Characteristics of the informants in the suicide group, the accident group and the community controls.

From: Differences between children and adolescents who commit suicide and their peers: A psychological autopsy of suicide victims compared to accident victims and a community sample

  Suicide group (n = 41) Accident group (n = 43) Statistics Suicides vs. accidents   Community controls (n = 410) Statistics Suicide vs. community controls  
      OR 95%CI p n (%) OR 95%CI p
  n (%) n (%)         
Informant        .37      
   Mother 14 (34) 21 (49)         
   Father 4 (10) 4 (9)         
   Both 23 (56) 18 (42)         
Informant, mean age             
   Mother 42 (SD 4.6) 42 (SD 6.5)    .85      
   Father 44 (SD 6.4) 45 (SD 6.2)    .81      
Ethnicity, mother             
   Norwegian 40 (98) 43 (100)    .48      
   Other 1 (2) 0          
Ethnicity, father             
   Norwegian 38 (93) 43 (100)    .11      
   Other 3 (7) 0          
Parents living together         (n = 233)*     
   Yes 29 (71) 26 (60.5) 1.0    187 (80) 1.0   
   No 12 (29) 17 (39.5) .6 .3-1.5 .37 46 (20) 1.6 .7-3.5 .21
Education, mother (n = 40)   (n = 42)      (n = 373)*     
   Elementary/secondary school 25 (63) 31 (74) 1.0    259 (69) 1.0   
   University 15 (38) 11 (26) 1.7 .7-4.3 .34 114 (31) 1.3 .7-2.7 .37
Education, father (n = 39)   (n = 42)      (n = 339)*     
   Elementary/secondary school 21 (54) 28 (67) 1.0    226 (67) 1.0   
   University 18 (46) 14 (33) 1.7 .7-4.2 .26 113 (33) 1.7 .9-3.3 .11
Occupational status, mother         (n = 147)*     
   Fulltime/part time employee 33 (80) 25 (58) 1.0    140 (95) 1.0   
   Unemployed, other 8 (20) 18 (42) .3 .1-.8 .03 7 (5) 4.8 1.6-14 <.01
Occupational status, father         (n = 104)*     
   Fulltime/part time employee 28 (68) 30 (72) 1.0    98 (94) 1.0   
   Unemployed, other 13 (32) 12 (29) 1.1 .4-2.9 .81 6 (6) 7.6 2.6-21.8 <.01
  1. The suicide group is compared separately with the accident group and the community controls.
  2. *The lower n is due to the fact that different information was assessed in the three BCS waves, and our community controls were from all three waves