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Table 4 Similarity and differences in the social circumstance before contact and the length of institutionalisation between the two categories of adolescents in institutional care in Nigeria

From: Different Points of a Continuum? Cross Sectional Comparison of the Current and Pre-contact Psychosocial Problems among the Different Categories of Adolescents in Institutional Care in Nigeria

Variable Adolescents on Criminal Code (N = 158) Cases of Child/Adolescent Neglect (N = 46) OR (95% CI) χ2 p
Educational status*
 In School Vs. Dropped out of school 28 (18) 6 (13) 1.5 (1.2- 2.3) 10.1 0.04
Living on the streets as at the point of contact
 Yes Vs. No 105 (67) 25 (54) 1.8 (0.8 – 4.5) 4.3 0.06
Mean length of stay on the streets before contact (months) 22 ± 6 7 ± 2 ------------ 11.5** 0.001
Mean length of period of institutionalisation (months) 15 ± 7 18 ± 11 ------------ 7.6** 0.05
  1. *Before juvenile justice contact.
  2. ** Student t-test.