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Table 4 Self-reported reasons for absence

From: Adolescent school absenteeism and service use in a population-based study

  Low absence Moderate absence High absence  
  n = 3684 n = 4394 n = 910  
  % n % n % n p-value
At home 5.8 214 16.5 724 35.1 319 <.000
With friends 0.5 19 1.5 66 3.7 34 .009
At work 0.2 8 0.9 38 1.6 15 <.000
Illness related 28.0 1031 57.9 2544 69.2 630 <.000
Organizational work/politics/sport 1.3 49 2.2 97 0.9 8 .001
Unexcused absence 3.5 128 5.4 238 6.5 59 <.000
  1. P-value indicates significant differences between adolescents with low, moderate and high absence. The p-values are derived from chi-square tests