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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of children seeking psychiatric medical advice according to age group (n = 886)

From: Demographic and clinical characteristics of children seeking psychiatric services in the Nile Delta region: an observational retrospective study

Variable Preschoolers (n = 309, 34.8%) School age (n = 428, 48.3%) Adolescents (n = 149, 16.8%) Total (n = 886) Statistic p value
Gender (Female) 92 (29.8%) 131 (30.6%) 56 (37.6%) 279 (31.5%) x2 = 3.1 0.3
Residence
 Rural 179 (57.9%) 251 (58.8%) 72 (48.3%) 502 (56.7%) x2 = 5.2 0.07
 Urban 130 (42.1%) 176 (41.2%) 77 (51.7%) 383 (43.3%)
Family status (living with both parents) 285 (92.2%) 383 (89.5%) 129 (86.6%) 797 (90%) x2 = 3.7 0.2
Father education
 Illiterate 27 (8.7%) 44 (10.3%) 19 (12.8%) 90 (10.2%) x2 = 4.2 0.4
 < High school 37 (12%) 66 (15.4%) 23 (15.4%) 126 (14.2%)
 ≥ High school 245 (79.3%) 318 (74.3%) 107 (71.8%) 670 (75.6%)
Mother education
 Illiterate 28 (9.1%) 49 (11.4%) 22 (14.8%) 99 (11.2%) x2 = 4.3 0.4
 < High school 58 (18.8%) 73 (17.1%) 21 (14.1%) 152 (17.2%)
 ≥ High school 223 (72.2%) 306 (71.5%) 106 (71.1%) 635 (71.7%)
Family income
 < 5000 EGP/M 238 (77%) 327 (76.4%) 101 (67.8%) 666 (75.2%) x2 = 5.3 0.07
 ≥ 5000 EGP/M 153 (25.5%) 67 (24%) 48 (32.2%) 220 (24.8%)
Child education
 Out of school 25 (5.9%) 11 (7.4%) 36 (6.3%) FET 0.8
 Regular school 391 (92%) 135 (90.6%) 526 (91.6%)
 Special school 9 (2.1%) 3 (2%) 12 (2.1%)