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Table 5 Frequency distributions and Pearson’s chi-square values of social, behavioral and emotional (SBE) variables by age group

From: Mental health and psychosocial support in conflict: children’s protection concerns and intervention outcomes in Syria

SBE variables Total sample (N = 376) Age group
4–9 Yrs. (N = 208) 10–14 Yrs. (N = 168) χ2(df = 1) P value
f (%) f (%) f (%)
SBE concern (any) 244 (64.9%) 140 (67.3%) 104 (61.9%) 1.19 0.275
Low/abnormal socialisation 105 (27.9%) 69 (33.2%) ↑ 36 (21.4%) 6.37* 0.012
Emotional issue 116 (30.9%) 66 (31.7%) 50 (29.8%) 0.17 0.681
Peer issue/being bullied 9 (2.4%) 6 (2.9%) 3 (1.8%) 0.13 0.724a
Peer issue/being aggressive 64 (17.0%) 28 (13.5%) 36 (21.4%) ↑ 4.18* 0.041
Educational decline 56 (14.9%) 24 (11.5%) 32 (19.0%) ↑ 4.13* 0.042
  1. *p ≤ 0.05; **p ≤ 0.01; ***p ≤ 0.001; ↑ Higher scores; aContinuity Correction applied