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Table 1 Sample characteristics of the adolescents age 12--18 for running away in the 2004--2006 street outreach programme in Taiwan.

From: Running away experience and psychoactive substance use among adolescents in Taiwan: multi-city street outreach survey

   Severity Time since the first running away
  Never Trialb Extendedc < 6 ≥ 6
  ran away running away running away months months
  (n = 15507) (n = 441) (n = 1141) (n = 176) (n = 1450)
Variables a n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
Male gender 7258 (46.8) 229 (51.9)* 654 (57.3)* 87 (49.4) 821 (56.6)*
Age 16--18 (vs. 12--15) 9286 (59.9) 257 (58.3) 742 (65.0)* § 75 (42.6)* 945 (65.2)* §
Single-parent family 1872 (12.1) 93 (21.1)* 355 (31.1)* § 54 (30.7)* 405 (28.0)*
Not attending school 326 (2.1) 21 (4.8)* 142 (12.5)* § 18 (10.2)* 148 (10.2)*
Having a job 1800 (11.6) 102 (23.2)* 395 (34.6)* § 42 (23.9)* 462 (31.9)* §
Weekly allowance (NTD)d      
   0--500 7562 (48.8) 196 (44.4) 488 (42.8)* 77 (43.8) 627 (43.2)*
   501--1500 6321 (40.8) 193 (43.8) 464 (40.7)* 74 (42.1) 603 (41.6)*
   ≥ 1501 1622 (10.5) 52 (11.8) 189 (16.6)* 25 (14.2) 220 (15.2)*
Truancy 4054 (26.1) 277 (62.8)* 913 (80.0)* § 139 (79.0)* 1080 (74.5)*
Sexual experience 1131 (7.3) 88 (20.0)* 434 (38.0)* § 45 (25.6)* 483 (33.3)* §
  1. aSome variables have missing values: 6 for single-parent family, 1 for having a job, and 2 for weekly allowance
  2. bThis refers to running away only 1 time and lasting 1 day or less that did not occur within the past 6 months (44 subjects were deleted from this analysis because of a runaway occurrence within the past 6 months).
  3. cThis refers to running away at least 2 times or having a longest runaway time of > 1 day
  4. dNew Taiwan Dollars (1 USD 30 NTD)
  5. *p value < 0.05 for χ2 test in comparison with never running away
  6. § p value < 0.05 for χ2 test in comparison with trial running away (by severity) or within 6 months since onset (by time-since-onset)