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Table 5 Sexual risk taking amongst AES and MES pupils

From: Poly-substance use and sexual risk behaviours: a cross-sectional comparison of adolescents in mainstream and alternative education settings

  Female Male
AES MES AES vs. MES AES   MES AES vs. MES
% (n/N) % (n/N) OR (95% CI) % (n/N) % (n/N) OR (95% CI)
Has had penetrative sex
 No 35.3 (24/68) 53.1 (1029/1939) 1.00 28.5 (43/151) 54.0 (1126//2085) 1.00
 Yes 57.4 (39/68) 36.3 (704/1939) 2.36 (1.45, 3.85) 60.3 (91/151) 32.0 (668//2085) 3.22 (2.29, 4.51)
 Not known/missing 7.4 (5/68) 10.6 (206/1939) 0.67 (0.27, 1.68) 11.3 (17/151) 14.0 (291//2085) 0.78 (0.47, 1.32)
Protected against both pregnancy and STIs, either through abstinence or by using condoms or condoms plus another contraceptive at sexual debut or beyond
 Yes 67.6 (46/68) 76.2 (1477/1939) 1.00 52.3 (79/151) 75.3 (1570//2085) 1.00
 No 23.5 (16/68) 13.2 (256/1939) 2.01 (1.12, 3.60) 29.1 (44/151) 10.7 (224//2085) 3.90 (2.63, 5.79)
 Not known/missing 8.8 (6/68) 10.6 (206/1939) 0.94 (0.40, 2.22) 18.5 (28/151) 14.0 (291//2085) 1.91 (1.22, 3.00)
Sexual debut was planned
 Yes 12.8 (5/39) 20.9 (147/704) 1.00 13.0 (14.3/91/) 22.2 (148/668) 1.00
 No 76.9 (30/39) 63.9 (450/704) 1.96 (0.75, 5.14) 70.3 (64/91/) 59.4 (397/668) 1.84 (0.98, 3.43)
 Not known/missing 10.3 (4/39) 15.2 (107/704) 1.10 (0.29, 4.19) 15.4 (14/91/) 18.4 (123/668) 1.30 (0.59, 2.86)
Age at sexual debut
 Under 13 years of age 2.6 (1/39) 2.6 (18/704) 1.00 5.5 (5/91/) 5.8 (39/668) 1.00
 13 years of age or over 92.3 (36/39) 91.8 (624/704) 0.96 (0.13, 7.42) 85.7 (78/91/) 78.6 (525/668) 0.86 (0.33, 2.26)
 Not known/missing 5.1 (0/39) 5.6 (62/704) 0.56 (0.13, 2.38) 10.0 (8/91/) 15.6 (104/668) 0.52 (0.24, 1.10)
Partner age at sexual debut
 Same age or < 3 years older/younger 92.3 (36/39) 30.7 (216/704) 1.00 84.6 (77/91/) 54.2 (362/668) 1.00
 3+ years older 2.6 (1/39) 58.2 (410/704) 0.02 (0.00, 0.11) 5.5 (5/91/) 26.6 (178/668) 0.13 (0.05, 0.33)
 Not known/missing 5.1 (2/39) 11.1 (78/704) 0.15 (0.04, 0.65) 9.9 (9/91/) 19.2 (128/668) 0.33 (0.16, 0.68)
Felt pressured at sexual debut
 Yes 10.3 (4/39) 12.1 (85/704) 1.00 2.2 (2/91/) 12.6 (84/668) 1.00
 No 84.6 (33/39) 71.6 (504/704) 1.39 (0.48, 4.03) 89.0 (81/91/) 66.2 (442/668) 7.70 (1.86, 31.91)
 Not known/missing 5.1 (2/39) 16.3 (115/704) 0.37 (0.07, 2.07) 8.8 (8/91/) 21.3 (142/668) 2.37 (0.49, 11.40)
Sexual debut was under the influence of drugs or alcohol
 Yes 33.3 (13/39) 27.0 (190/704) 1.00 44.0 (40/91/) 30.2 (202/668) 1.00
 No 66.7 (26/39) 67.6 (476/704) 1.25 (0.63, 2.49) 50.5 (46/91/) 61.5 (411/668) 0.57 (0.36, 0.89)
 Not known/missing 0.0 (0/39) 5.4 (38/704) n/a 5.5 (5/91/) 8.2 (55/668) 0.50 (0.17, 1.22)
Discussed using condoms with partner at sexual debut
 Yes 28.2 (11/39) 40.9 (288/704) 1.00 22.0 (20/91/) 39.7 (265/668) 1.00
 No 51.3 (20/39) 31.7 (223/704) 2.35 (1.10, 5.00) 50.5 (46/91/) 28.9 (193/668) 3.16 (1.81, 5.51)
 Not known/missing 20.5 (8/39) 27.4 (193/704) 1.09 (0.43, 2.75) 27.5 (25/91/) 31.4 (210/668) 1.58 (0.85, 2.92)
Has had more than the median number of partners
 1–2 sexual partners 30.8 (12/39) 54.9 (386/704) 1.00 23.1 (21/91/) 50.5 (337/668) 1.00
 3+ sexual partners 53.8 (21/39) 31.4 (221/704) 3.06 (1.48, 6.33) 59.3 (54/91/) 30.0 (201/668) 4.33 (2.54, 7.39)
 Not known/missing 15.4 (6/39) 13.7 (97704) 2.01 (0.74, 5.49) 17.6 (16/91/) 19.5 (130/668) 1.98 (1.00, 3.91)
  1. Results significant at p<0.05 are in bold