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Table 1 Profile of Littles and Bigs in BBBS-M program (as at November 2003)

From: Are youth mentoring programs good value-for-money? An evaluation of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Melbourne Program

Variable   Current Past Waiting Rejected Total
Littles Number 109 141 189   439
   % % % % %
Gender Males 31 56 56   49
  Females 70 44 44   51
Age at referral 5–7 years 24 19 17   19
  8–10 years 47 40 32   38
  11–14 years 26 33 43   36
  15–18 years 3 4 5   4
  Not available   4 2   2
Primary reason for referral Lack of role model      42
  Isolation      17
  Parental substance abuse      2
  Parental psychiatric disability      7
  Sibling disability      3
  Abuse      4
  Lack of peer friendships      3
  Other      22
Bigs Number 107 148 24 23 302
   % % % % %
Gender Males 31 30 8 39 30
  Females 69 70 92 61 70
Age at referral <20 years 6 8 4 4 7
  20–29 years 47 51 46 30 47
  30–39 years 37 32 46 26 35
  40 years and over 10 7 4 35 11
  Not available   1   4  
Marital status Single 66 70 67 61 68
  Married/de facto 25 19 21 13 21
  Divorced 5 5 8 4 5
  Other/not available 4 7 4 22 6