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Table 1 Comparison of selected socio-demographic characteristics of Almajiris and the public school pupils

From: A comparative study of the prevalence and correlates of psychiatric disorders in Almajiris and public primary school pupils in Zaria, Northwest Nigeria

Variable Almajiris N = 213 (%) Public school pupils N = 200 (%) χ2 p value
Age in 5 year categories
 5–9 29 (13.6) 68 (34.0) 74.48 <0.001
 10–14 86 (40.4) 112 (56.0)
 15–19 63 (29.6) 19 (9.5)
 Don’t know 35 (16.4) 1 (0.5)
Family type
 Monogamous 61 (28.8) 82 (41.2) 6.99 0.008
 Polygamous 151 (71.2) 117 (58.8)
Marital status of parents
 Living together 189 (89.6) 172 (86.4) 1.06 0.589
 Divorced/separated 8 (3.8) 11 (5.5)
 Parent(s) deceased 14 (6.6) 16 (8.0)
Father’s children
 1–4 28 (13.1) 22 (11.1) 0.50 0.779
 5–9 106 (49.8) 104 (52.3)
 10+ 79 (37.1) 73 (36.7)
Mother’s children
 1–4 57 (26.8) 35 (17.6) 5.12 0.077
 5–9 126 (59.2) 135 (67.8)
 10+ 30 (14.1) 29 (14.6)
Father’s level of education
 No formal education 32 (15.1) 10 (5.1) 101 <0.001
 Quranic school 147 (69.3) 62 (31.3)
 Primary school 16 (7.5) 47 (23.7)
 Secondary and higher 17 (8.0) 79 (39.9)
Mother’s level of education
 None 44 (20.8) 24 (12.1) 88.63 <0.001
 Quranic school 153 (72.2) 79 (39.7)
 Primary 9 (4.2) 46 (23.1)
 Secondary and higher 6 (2.8) 50 (23.1)   
  1. Figures in italics indicate significant values