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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of adolescents

From: Predictors of sexual risk behaviour among adolescents from welfare institutions in Malaysia: a cross sectional study

Characteristics Overall (N = 1,082)
N %
Male (N = 483)
N %
Female (N = 599)
N %
Ethnicity*    
  Malay 939 (86.9) 410 (84.9) 529 (88.5)
  Chinese 38 (3.5) 25 (5.2) 13 (2.2)
  Indian 92 (8.5) 46 (9.5) 46 (7.7)
  Others 12 (1.1) 2 (0.4) 10 (1.7)
Age group (years)    
  12-14 258 (23.8) 116 (24.0) 142 (23.7)
  15-17 699 (64.6) 288 (59.6) 411 (68.6)
  18-19 125 (11.6) 79 (16.4) 46 (7.7)
Religion*    
  Islam 974 (90.1) 429 (88.8) 545 (91.1)
  Buddhism 23 (2.1) 14 (2.9) 9 (1.5)
  Christianity 17 (1.6) 9 (1.9) 8 (1.3)
  Hinduism 59 (5.5) 26 (5.4) 33 (5.5)
  Others 4 (0.4) 2 (0.4) 2 (0.3)
  No religion 4 (0.4) 3 (0.6) 1 (0.2)
Family structure**    
  Mother &
Father
587 (56.0) 264 (57.0) 323 (55.2)
  Mother only 211 (20.1) 97 (21.0) 114 (19.5)
  Father only 55 (5.2) 18 (3.9) 37 (6.3)
  Mother or father & new partner 13 (1.2) 3 (0.6) 10 (1.7)
  Others 182 (17.4) 81 (17.5) 101 (17.3)
Highest level of education***    
  Primary
Education
154 (14.6) 97 (20.6) 57 (9.7)
  Secondary
Education
875 (82.7) 354 (75.3) 521 (88.6)
  Tertiary
Education
10 (0.9) 7 (1.5) 3 (0.5)
  1. *Data is missing for 1 case. **Data is missing for 34 cases. Data is missing for 43 cases. Note: *, **, ***percentages are calculated based on less than 1082 respondents due to missing data