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Table 1 Descriptive statistics on predictor and outcome variables for the response sample and the complete case sample

From: Student-teacher relationship trajectories and mental health problems in young children

  Response sample Complete case sample (n =460)
n M (SD) M (SD)
or %, range or %, range
SDQ total difficulties score, (possible range 0-40)   
Parent-rated    
Age 4 601 8.8 (4.9), 0-25 8.3 (4.6), 0-24
Age 6 516 8.3 (5.4), 0-30 8.2 (5.4), 0-30
Teacher-rated    
Age 4 700 5.8 (5.4), 0-30 5.2 (5.1), 0.25
Age 6 649 7.6 (6.7), 0-35 6.9 (6.2), 0-30
Student-teacher relationship score, (possible range 15-75)  
Age 4 700 67.2 (8.5), 28-75 68.2 (7.8), 31-75
Age 5 671 66.6 (8.8), 20-75 67.5 (7.9), 20-75
Age 6 645 65.9 (9.2), 33-75 66.8 (8.5), 36-75
Child characteristics   
Gender (female) 700 51.1% 51.5%
Age at preschool (baseline) 700 55.9 (3.9), 39-71 55.8 (3.8), 43-68
Family characteristics during preschool (Age 4)   
Parental warmth (main caregiver) 600 48.1 (4.4), 28-55 48.1 (4.2), 32-55
GHQ psychological distress (main caregiver) 595 1.5 (2.7), 0-12 1.4 (2.5), 0-12
Both parents unemployeda 601 10.3% 7.6%
Single parent family 600 16.5% 11.7%
Receiving government benefit 601 44.7% 39.8%
Mother's education: 593 - -
Less than year 12 - 27.5% 23.9%
Completed year 12 - 22.3% 21.7%
TAFE/Trade - 32.7% 33.9%
Tertiary - 17.5% 20.4%
Father's education: 593 - -
Less than year 12 - 32.1% 30.0%
Completed year 12 - 14.9% 15.9%
TAFE/Trade - 43.0% 43.3%
Tertiary - 10.0% 10.9%
  1. aBoth parents unemployed or an unemployed single parent.