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Table 1 Sample characteristics

From: Perceived social support and quality of life among adolescents in residential youth care: a cross-sectional study

  Total sample Girls Boys
N = 400 N = 231
57.8%
N = 169
42.3%
Age    
 Mean (SD) 16.5 (1.36) 16.7 (1.25) 16.2 (1.47)
 12–13 3.5% 0.9% 7.1%
 14–16 48.5% 44.1% 54.4%
 17–20 48% 55% 38.5%
Age at first placement    
 Mean (SD) 12.52 (3.88) 12.63 (3.74) 12.37 (4.07)
 0–2 years 4.6% 3.5% 6.0%
 3–5 years 3.9% 4.0% 3.6%
 6–12 years 25% 25.7% 24.1%
 13–15 years 49.5% 50.0% 48.8%
 16–17 years 17% 16.8% 17.5%
Number of placements    
 Mean (SD) 3.34 (2.44) 3.61 (2.70) 2.97 (1.98)
 1 19.0% 18.1% 20.1%
 2 26.3% 22.4% 31.8%
 3–5 41.2% 41.4% 41.0%
 > 5 13.5% 18.1% 7.1%
Reason for first placement    
 Problems parent–child 43.4% 45.7% 40.2%
 Parental characteristics 25.5% 33.9% 14.2%
 Adolescent characteristics 30.6% 27.4% 34.9%
Attending school/work 78.5% 72.7% 86.4%
 Attending school 68% 62.3% 75.7%
 Work practice 7.5% 8.7% 5.9%
 Attending work 3.8% 3.0% 4.7%