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Table 1 Frequency distribution of the outcome variable ("awareness of the implications of tattoo removal") by independent variables, among the 4,277 secondary school students

From: Tattoo removal in the typical adolescent

INDEPENDENT VARIABLES No. (%)** Outcome
   Yes (%)* No (%)*
Sex Female 2,789 (65.2) 1,241 (46.5) 1,428 (53.5)
  Male 1,488(34.8) 383 (27.0) 1,034 (73.0)
Age <16 years 1,494 (34.9) 523 (36.9) 895 (63.1)
  16-17 years 1,501 (35.1) 618 (43.0) 820 (57.0)
  18+ years 1,282 (30.0) 483 (39.3) 747 (60.74)
School year 1st 1,566 (36.6) 547 (36.8) 940 (63.2)
  3rd 1,478 (34.6) 609 (42.9) 811 (57.1)
  5th 1,181 (28.8) 468 (39.7) 711 (60.3)
Residence
(missing: 179)
City centre 850 (20.7) 312 (38.3) 503 (61.7)
  City outskirt 979 (23.9) 382 (40.9) 553 (59.1)
  Town 412 (10.1) 145 (35.5) 252 (63.5)
  Small town 1,857 (45.3) 722(40.8) 1,049 (59.2)
Province of residence (missing: 32) Belluno 509 (12.0) 180 (36.7) 310 (63.3)
  Verona 674 (15.9) 288 (44.4) 361 (55.6)
  Vicenza 402 (9.5) 170 (44.2) 216 (55.8)
  Padua 739 (17.4) 274 (38.5) 446 (61.5)
  Venice 554 (13.1) 196 (36.8) 346 (63.2)
  Treviso 621 (14.6) 234 (39.7) 375 (60.3)
  Rovigo 746 (17.6) 269 (38.6) 454 (61.4)
Satisfaction with physical appearance
(missing: 69)
Yes 1,511 (35.9) 485 (33.5) 964 (66.5)
  Fairly 2,258 (53.7) 927 (42.7) 1,244 (57.3)
  No 439 (10.4) 199 (47.5) 220 (52.5)
Single parent household No 3,806 (89.0) 1430 (39.4) 2,285 (60.6)
  Yes 471 (11.0) 194 (42.7) 266 (57.3)
No. of siblings
(missing: 95)
0 779 (18.6) 294 (7.1) 448 (12.1)
  1 2,349 (56.2) 912 (19.8) 1,347 (37.1)
  2+ 1,054 (25.2) 389 (7.9) 615 (16.1)
Senior sibling
of same sex
No 3,963 (92.7) 1,535 (40.6) 2,250 (59.5)
  Yes 314 (7.3) 89 (29.6) 212 (70.4)
Father's age
(missing: 409)
<49 years 1,824 (47.2) 691 (396) 1,056 (60.5)
  49+ years 2,044 (52.8) 807 (41.3) 1,149 (58.7)
Mother's age
(missing: 337)
<47 years 2,058 (52.2) 799 (40.6) 1,168 (59.4)
  47+ years 1,882 (47.8) 724 (40.1) 1,082 (59.9)
Mother's education
(missing: 144)
Low 1,456 (35.2) 585 (41.9) 812 (58.1)
  Medium 2,007 (48.6) 758 (39.4) 1,165 (60.6)
  High 670 (16.2) 238 (37.4) 399 (62.6)
Father's education
(missing: 216)
Low 1,353 (33.3) 544 (41.9) 756 (58.2)
  Medium 1,917 (47.2) 739 (40.1) 1,103 (59.9)
  High 791 (19.5) 262 (35.2) 482 (64.8)
Attitude towards piercing
(missing: 100)
Indifferent/Non interessted 2,276 (54.5) 580 (26.5) 1,607 (73.5)
  Interested/Keen to try 1,061(25.4) 560 (53.3) 491 (46.7)
  Done 840 (20.1) 478 (57.5) 353 (42.5)
Attitude towards tattoo
(missing: 191)
Indifferent/Not interesested 1,900 (46.5) 380 (20.0) 1,520 (80.0)
  Interested/Keen to try 1,928 (47.2) 1,107 (57.4) 821 (42.6)
  Done 258 (6.3) 137 (53.1) 121 (46.9)
  1. Yes = aware; No = not aware; Number (No.) and weighted percentage (%)*
  2. * Row Percentage
  3. ** Column percentage