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Table 4 Logistic regression analysis of lifetime substance use on the reason of the first running away among the adolescents of the 2006 street outreach programme (n = 5695a) in Taiwan.

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

   Alcohol use Tobacco use
Reason of the first running away N n (%) aORb (95% CI) n (%) aORb (95% CI)
Never ran away 5229 1256 (24.0) 1.0 666 (12.7) 1.0
Running from unsatisfactory family life 356 202 (56.7) 1.9 (1.5-2.4) 194 (54.5) 3.1 (2.4-4.0)
Running to excitement 89 52 (58.4) 1.9 (1.2-2.9) 48 (53.9) 2.5 (1.5-4.1)
Both 21 11 (52.4) 2.2 (0.9-5.3) 12 (57.1) 4.1 (1.5-11.6)
   Betel nut use Illegal drug/inhalant use
Reason of the first running away N n (%) aOR b (95% CI) n (%) aOR b (95% CI)
Never ran away 5229 119 (2.3) 1.0 59 (1.1) 1.0
Running from unsatisfactory family life 356 55 (15.5) 3.1 (2.1-4.7) 47 (13.2) 3.5 (2.2-5.5)
Running to excitement 89 10 (11.2) 1.7 (0.8-3.6) 9 (10.1) 2.5 (1.1-5.4)
Both 21 1 (4.8) 0.8 (0.1-5.8) 2 (9.5) 2.4 (0.5-12.5)
  1. a52 subjects with missing information on the reason for the first running away were not included in this analysis.
  2. bEstimates obtained from a logistic regression model that took region clustering design effects into account and adjusted for survey year, gender, age, family structure, attending school, having a job, weekly allowance, truancy, and sexual experience.