Who was surveyed
The sample of 11,852 children and adolescents who were interviewed
came from across 20 countries in the region and included:
- Children (53% aged between 9-13-years-old) and adolescents (47%
- Both sexes (boys, 51% and girls, 49%).
- Children living in rural (34%) or urban (66%) areas (The proportion
of urban to rural population in the sample corresponds to the
ratio found in the total population.)
Representatives from all socio-economic groups. But socio-economic
status was only considered for urban areas. Rural areas were not
stratified because of the highly diverse nature of this population
within and across the countries studied.
Other demographic indicators were registered as responses and considered
in the analysis of the results but not adjusted according to their
"weights." Some of these variables were not only considered
individually, they were also combined or "crossed" in
different ways to ensure a representative sample for each country.
The race of the respondent was noted, taking into account the mixing
of the various races - white/mixed blood (57%), black (11%), indigenous
(6%) and unspecified (26%).
Whether children were undertaking paid work (17%) or not (83%).
The future quality of life expectations in the country of residence
as a better place to live (37%) or the same or worse place to live
This information is provided as a contribution to
discussion on important issues affecting children. UNICEF Regional
offices conducted the polls, analysis and interpretations of the
findings. For more information, please contact the regional
poll contact person directly.