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Table 3 Comparison of surveyed learners with suicidal ideation and behaviors according to sex, age, and highest educational attainment

From: Suicidal ideation, suicidal behaviors, and attitudes towards suicide of adolescents enrolled in the Alternative Learning System in Manila, Philippines—a mixed methods study

Event Sex Age Highest educational attainment
Male n (%) Female n (%) p value 13 to 15 years old n (%) 16 to 17 years old n (%) p value Up to primary level only n (%) Up to secondary level n (%) p value
Suicidal ideation
 Wish to be dead 34 (30.1) 35 (60.3) < .001 16 (34.0) 53 (42.7) 0.383 25 (36.2) 44 (43.1) 0.428
 Non-specific active suicidal thoughts 40 (35.4) 30 (51.7) 0.049 14 (29.8) 56 (45.2) 0.082 22 (31.9) 48 (47.1) 0.058
 Active suicidal ideation with any methods (not plan) without intent to act 24 (21.2) 16 (27.6) 0.446 8 (17.0) 32 (25.8) 0.312 11 (15.9) 29 (28.4) 0.067
 Active suicidal ideation with some intent to act, without specific plan 15 (13.3) 12 (20.7) 0.268 3 (6.4) 24 (19.4) 0.058 7 (10.1) 20 (19.6) 0.134
 Active suicidal ideation with specific plan and intent 16 (14.2) 10 (17.2) 0.655 2 (4.3) 24 (19.4) 0.016 6 (8.7) 20 (19.6) 0.054
Suicidal behavior
 Aborted attempt 15 (13.3) 13 (22.4) 0.133 7 (14.9) 21 (16.9) 0.821 10 (14.5) 18 (17.6) 0.676
 Non-fatal suicide attempt 10 (8.8) 12 (20.7) 0.051 1 (2.1) 21 (16.9) 0.293 4 (5.8) 18 (17.6) 0.034
 Preparatory acts or behavior 6 (5.3) 7 (12.1) 0.134 2 (4.3) 11 (8.9) 0.519 3 (4.3) 10 (9.8) 0.246
 Interrupted attempt 8 (7.1) 3 (5.2) 0.752 1 (2.1) 10 (8.1) 0.293 5 (7.2) 6 (5.9) 0.758