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Table 2 Descriptive statistics of participating students demographics

From: Mental health problems in a regional population of Australian adolescents: association with socio-demographic characteristics

Student demographic Current sample (21 schools; n = 6793) Full study sample (32 schools; n = 10,116)
n % n %
Gender
 Male 3390 49.9 5061 50.0
Age
 12 829 12.2 1268 12.5
 13 2008 29.6 2934 29.0
 14 1799 26.5 2670 26.4
 15 1484 21.8 2237 22.1
 16 673 9.9 1007 10.0
Aboriginality
 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander 732 10.8 1144 11.3
Socioeconomic disadvantagea
 Quintile 1 (most disadvantaged) 725 10.7 1276 12.6
 Quintile 2 2090 30.8 3201 31.7
 Quintile 3 2781 41.0 4344 43.0
 Quintile 4 1116 16.5 1211 12.0
 Quintile 5 (least disadvantaged) 68 1.00 68 0.7
Remoteness (ARIA)a
 Major cities Australia 3311 48.8 4892 48.4
 Inner regional Australia 2611 38.5 4119 40.8
 Outer regional/remote Australia 860 12.7 1094 10.8
  1. Relative to the state of NSW, both the current study sample and wider study region have a similar gender composition for the adolescent population (49.9, 51.5 and 51.5 % male; current sample, region and state respectively), however have a lower index of socio-economic status [20, 21], a higher proportion of people residing outside metropolitan areas, and a higher proportion of the adolescent population (10–19 years) are Aboriginal (10.8, 9.6 and 5.3 %; current sample, region and state respectively) [20]
  2. aSample size varied due to missing data