The New-Brunswick Aboriginal Duty Counsel Project

7. AGE COMPOSITION

The age distribution of the project population is not entirely typical. Unfortunately, age data were not provided for more than half of the client population, 71 or about 50 % of the population. For that reason, one must be hesitant about attempting to tease meaning out of the data.  Table 7.1 shows the age distribution of the clients for whom information on age were provided. The distribution is bimodal. The highest peak is, as one would expect, at the 20 - 24 age group.

Table 7.1: Age Distribution of the Project Client Population
Age Group Number Percent
15 - 19 16 22.5
20 - 24 16 23.9
25 - 29 13 18.4
30 - 34 5 7.0
35 - 39 15 21.1
40 - 44 3 4.3
45 + 2 2.8
TOTAL 71 100.0

There is a larger than expected representation at the 35 - 39 age group. Analysis of age by most serious offence does not suggest any reason for this. Again, the age data are very incomplete. A second possibility is that a "small numbers" effect is operating to produce an unusual distribution. Conclusions drawn from these data would be weak.

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