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Table 4 Mental health variables of the participants between left-behind children group and non left-behind children group

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

Variables Left-Behind Children Non Left-Behind Children p-value
Unhappiness due to the study stress or the issues related to the academic result
 Never 142 (12.7) 67 (12.2) 0.990
 Seldom 242 (21.7) 114 (20.8)
 Sometimes 502 (45.0) 252 (46.1)
 Often 133 (11.9) 66 (12.1)
 Always 96 (8.6) 48 (8.8)
Insomnia due to worrying
 Never 438 (39.3) 210 (38.4) 0.889
 Seldom 326 (29.2) 163 (29.8)
 Sometimes 268 (24.0) 126 (23.0)
 Often 55 (4.9) 31 (5.7)
 Always 28 (2.5) 17 (3.1)
Loneliness
 Never 403 (39.3) 231 (38.4) 0.039**
 Seldom 255 (29.2) 135 (29.8)
 Sometimes 292 (24.0) 115 (23.0)
 Often 130 (4.9) 53 (5.7)
 Always 35 (2.5) 13 (3.1)
Having the idea of running away from home
 Never thought 804 (72.1) 417 (76.2) 0.289
 Have thought about it 291 (26.1) 119 (21.8)
 Tried to run away but failed 13 (1.2) 7 (1.3)
 Ran away from home 7 (0.6) 4 (0.7)
Stopping the daily activities for 2 consecutive weeks or even longer time due to depression or hopelessness
 Yes 148 (13.3) 68 (12.4) 0.631
 No 967 (86.7) 479 (87.6)
  1. * p < 0.1; **p < 0.05; ***p < 0.01;