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Table 3 Logistic regression analysis of factors associated with extensive sickness absence (versus occasional sickness absence)

From: The prevalence of sickness absence among primary school pupils – reason to be worried?

  MPS SSPE
Number of Pupils Univariate Multivariate Number of Pupils Univariate Multivariate
Exp(B) CI Exp(B) CI Exp(B) CI Exp(B) CI
Sex 1525 0.98 0.75–1.28 705 0.98 0.70–1.37
Age 1513 0.93* 0.89–0.99 0.92* 0.87–0097 589 1.01 0.93–1.10
Low parental education level 1524 2.00* 1.25–3.18 1.66* 1.01–2.72
Doctor’s visits ▪ 1530 2.14** 1.63–2.83 2.26** 1.69–3.01 708 1.63** 1.18–2.25 1.48* 1.05–2.08
Other authorised absence ▪ 1530 1.42* 1.06–1.89 1.21 0.90–1.64 708 1.94** 1.41–2.68 1.90** 1.36–2.65
Tardiness ▪ 1530 1.22 0.80–1.85 708 2.67** 1.79–3.99 2.35** 1.54–3.59
Other unauthorised absence ▪ 1530 5.06** 2.38–10.74 4.58** 2.08–10.11 708 3.22** 1.98–5.23 2.75** 1.66–4.54
  1. MPS: Mainstream primary schools, SSPE: Special schools for primary education, CI: Confidence Interval
  2. reference: male
  3. ▪ having any of this type of absence at least once during the academic year 2015/2016. Reference: having none of this type of absence
  4. * P < 0.05, **P < 0.01, 95% confidence interval