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Table 3 Comparison between students with and without eating disorders as regards sociodemographic data

From: Occurrence, sociodemographic, and clinical correlates of eating disorders among a sample of secondary school students in Egypt

Variables Secondary school students in Eastern Tanta X2 or t test and P value
With eating disorders (n = 38) Without eating disorders (n = 369)
Age (years) Range Mean ± SD Range Mean ± SD t = 0.04
P = 0.968
16-17 16.05 ± 0.23 16-17.5 16.05 ± 0.23
Gender N % N % X2 = 17.647
P = 0.0001**
 Males 7 18 200 54
 Females 31 82 169 46
Father’s income N % N % X2 = 3.854
P = 0.278
 No income 0 0 1 0.3
 Not enough 4 10.5 19 5.1
 Enough 24 63.2 203 55
 Enough and spare 10 26.3 146 39.6
Father’s description N % N % X2 = 3.979
P = 0.264
 Kind 29 76.3 309 83.7
 Dominant 9 23.7 49 13.3
 Harmful 0 0 6 1.6
 Dictatorial 0 0 5 1.4
Mother’s description N % N % X2 = 2.31
P = 0.511
 Kind 34 89.5 330 89.4
 Dominant 2 5.3 32 8.6
 Harmful 1 2.6 3 1
 Dictatorial 1 2.6 4 1
Crowding index N % N % X2 = 0.032
P = 0.984
 One 5 13.2 49 13.3
 Two 31 81.5 298 80.7
 Three 2 5.3 22 6
Home atmosphere N % N % X2 = 5.434
P = 0.143
 Warm 8 21.1 109 30
 Peaceful 17 44.7 185 50
 Over-criticizing 6 15.8 45 12
 Full of problems, annoying 7 18.4 30 8
  1. X2 = chi-square test, P value: (*) significant if P < 0.05 and (**) highly significant if P < 0.001
  2. t = Student’s t test