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Table 3 Physical Health Variables between male and female among left-behind children

From: Health status of children left behind in rural areas of Sichuan Province of China: a cross-sectional study

Physical health Variables Male Female P
Health status Fever
 Yes 130 (23.0) 140 (25.5) 0.341
 No 435 (77.0) 410 (74.5)
Cough or respiratory difficulties
 Yes 179 (31.7) 215 (39.1) 0.010**
 No 385 (68.3) 335 (60.9)
Diarrhea
 Yes 165 (29.3) 191 (34.7) 0.053*
 No 398 (70.7) 359 (65.3)
Twitch
 Yes 12 (2.1) 10 (1.8) 0.711
 No 552 (97.9) 540 (98.2)
Health behaviour Visit healthcare institute due to sickness
 Yes 132 (44.7) 165 (49.3) 0.258
 No 163 (55.3) 170 (50.7)
Type of healthcare institute visited
 Private clinic/private hospital 45 (34.4) 44 (26.8) 0.527
 Village clinic 23 (17.6) 36 (22.0)
 Township hospitals 46 (35.1) 62 (37.8)
 County hospitals and above 17 (13.0) 22 (13.4)
Not going to school due to sickness
 Never 391 (69.4) 390 (71.3) 0.718
 1 time 104 (18.5) 103 (18.8)
 2 times 37 (6.6) 33 (6.0)
 3 times 22 (3.9) 16 (2.9)
 4 times or above 9 (1.6) 5 (0.9)
Take sick leave from school due to sickness
 Did not get sick 189 (33.6) 148 (27.0) 0.006***
 Sick but did not take leave 243 (43.2) 289 (52.6)
 Sick and take leave 130 (23.1) 112 (20.4)
Having the vaccination document
 Yes 269 (47.6) 264 (48.0) 0.913
 No 45 (8.0) 47 (8.5)
 Do not know 251 (44.4) 239 (43.5)
Complete the corresponding vaccination scheme for your age
 Yes 228 (40.4) 204 (37.1) 0.503
 No 56 (9.9) 61 (11.1)
 Do not know 281 (49.7) 285 (51.8)
  1. * p < 0.1; **p < 0.05; ***p < 0.01;