Table 3

Demographic characteristics of young people who completed the full fetal alcohol spectrum disorder assessment compared with those assenting but written consent not obtained

Completed assessment (N=99), n (%)Assented but not consented (N=41), n (%)Statistical test result
Gender*Fisher’s exact test P=0.7
 Male92 (93)40 (98)
 Female6 (6)1 (2)
Age (years)χ2 = 0.5; P=0.97
 1733 (33)15 (37)
 1623 (23)10 (24)
 1523 (23)9 (22)
 1416 (16)5 (12)
 134 (4)2 (5)
Ethnicityχ2=1.5; P=0.5
 Australian non-Aboriginal16 (16)9 (22)
 Australian Aboriginal73 (74)30 (73)
 Other†10 (10)2 (5)
Place of residenceχ2 = 0.1; P=0.7
 Metropolitan50 (51)22 (54)
 Rural/regional/remote49 (49)19 (46)
Legal guardianχ2 = 3.5; P=0.2
 Parent62 (63)24 (58)
 Guardian24 (24)15 (37)
 Child protection‡13 (13)2 (5)
  • *Excludes those who identify as transgender.

  • †Includes young people of New Zealand, Asian, African ethnicity.

  • ‡Child Protection and Family Support Services.