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The 10,073 children and young people who responded were from all of the region's 17 countries and territories and from the full spectrum of socio-economic groups. The sample included:

  • Children (9 to 13-year-olds, 54%) and young people (14 to 17-year-olds, 46%)
  • Both sexes (boys, 50% and girls, 50%)
  • Children living in rural (57%) or urban (43%) areas.

Most respondents live with both their parents, although the father is absent from the family in Thailand (14%), Myanmar (11%), Mongolia (10%) and East Timor (8%). In Thailand (10%) and East Timor (5%) mothers are significantly absent. These numbers exclude children living in orphanages.

The average size of household is around five people, slightly smaller in China and larger in Cambodia, East Timor, the People's Democratic Republic of Lao, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines. Typically the head of the household is a farmer, blue-collar worker, employee of government and state enterprises, or is self-employed.

Few, mostly older respondents, (7%), do not attend school. The numbers are highest in Myanmar (25%) and in Papua New Guinea (22%). More than two in five children who are not attending school say this is due to a lack of money, with 22 per cent saying they are needed at home.

Most households (90%) have access to electricity (except in East Timor, Myanmar and Papua New Guinea,) but fewer (70%) have access to tap water, particularly in rural areas. Almost every household in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Macao, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea and Singapore has access to water.

Radios and televisions, followed by bicycles and refrigerators, are the most commonly-owned household possessions. Ownership varies widely from two per cent in East Timor and 3 per cent in Myanmar to 100 per cent in Australia, Hong Kong, the Republic of Korea, Macau, Singapore.

A quarter of the households have a computer, with the highest number in the Republic of Korea, Singapore and Australia (87% to 92%) and the lowest in Myanmar and East Timor (0-1%)

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• Do you go to school? (total) [view]
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About the survey
Feelings of well-being and outlook on life
Children and their rights
Information, knowledge and life skills
Threats to the well-being of children
Participation, communication and decision-making
Values, aspirations and expectations