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Table 1 Socio-demographic and truancy characteristics of pupils in grades 7-10 in Zambia, 2004

From: Prevalence and correlates for school truancy among pupils in grades 7-10: results from the 2004 Zambia Global School-based Health Survey

  Total Male Female
Factor n* (%)** n* (%)** n* (%)**
Age
   < 14 463 (27.5) 156 (21.5) 263 (30.9)
   14 386 (19.1) 156 (17.4) 219 (21.6)
   15 513 (22.8) 260 (24.5) 238 (21.6)
   16 + 708 (30.6) 394 (36.5) 306 (25.9)
Sex
   Male 994 (53.9) - -
   Female 1039 (46.1)   
Grade
   7 840 (56.5) 344 (55.1) 463 (57.3)
   8 552 (20.7) 291 (21.0) 241 (20.4)
   9 or 10 670 (22.8) 343 (23.9) 317 (22.3)
Hungry
   Yes 1691 (82.5) 787 (82.3) 834 (83.4)
   No 366 (17.5) 173 (17.7) 170 (16.6)
Peers kind and helpful
   Yes 1292 (74.4) 592 (73.2) 636 (75.9)
   No 452 (25.6) 222 (26.8) 210 (24.1)
Parents checked homework
   Yes 1339 (74.5) 602 (73.1) 679 (77.0)
   No 448 (25.5) 224 (26.9) 197 (23.0)
Parental supervision
   Yes 1369 (77.4) 634 (78.1) 673 (77.2)
   No 377 (22.6) 169 (21.9) 189 (22.9)
Bullied    
   Yes 949 (62.8) 431 (60.0) 466 (65.0)
   No 610 (37.2) 314 (40.0) 274 (35.0)
Current alcohol drinking
   Yes 528 (42.2) 217 (38.5) 283 (45.1)
   No 805 (57.8) 388 (61.5) 388 (54.9)
Missed classes or school
   Yes 1010 (58.8) 365 (58.1) 381 (58.4)
   No 772 (41.2) 463 (41.9) 493 (41.6)
  1. Frequencies not adding up because of missing information
  2. * unweighted frequencies
  3. ** weighted percents