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Table 1 Descriptive statistics for depressive symptoms in the study sample

From: Comparison of children's self-reports of depressive symptoms among different family interaction types in northern Taiwan

Depressive symptoms Never Once or twice Many times Chi-square test
  boys girls boys girls boys girls  
  n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)  
1. Didn't feel like eating 713 (56.9) 656 (54.9) 483 (38.5) 497 (41.6) 58 (4.6) 42 (3.5) 3.714
2. Felt very sad 457 (36.4) 344 (28.8) 676 (53.9) 689 (57.7) 121 (9.6) 161 (13.5) 20.280***
3. Cried for no reason 1056 (84.3) 876 (73.4) 166 (13.2) 262 (22.0) 31 (2.5) 55 (4.6) 43.555***
4. Found it hard to carry out tasks 546 (43.6) 570 (47.8) 556 (44.4) 531 (44.5) 151 (12.1) 92 (7.7) 13.953**
5. Felt frightened 968 (77.2) 832 (69.6) 250 (19.9) 309 (25.9) 36 (2.9) 54 (4.5) 18.692***
6. Didn't sleep well 774 (61.8) 726 (60.8) 376 (30.0) 391 (32.7) 103 (8.2) 78 (6.5) 3.910
7. Lacked motivation 596 (47.5) 526 (44.0) 529 (42.2) 556 (46.5) 129 (10.3) 113 (9.5) 4.678
  Whole sample Boy Girl T-test
depressive symptoms score(7~21points) n = 2441 mean = 10.56 SD = 2.66 n = 1251 mean = 10.42 SD = 2.58 n = 1190 mean = 10.71 SD = 2.73 -2.65**
  1. **: p < 0.01; ***: p < 0.001
  2. Note: The Kurtosis of the depressive symptoms score was 0.771, and the Skewness was 0.864.
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