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Table 1 Socio-demographic and economic characteristics of children (6–59 months) and their parents in the predominantly rural population of northwest Ethiopia, 2015

From: Stunting and its determinant factors among children aged 6–59 months in Ethiopia

Characteristics Frequency Percent
Child age (in months)
 6–11 196 15.1
 12–35 706 54.6
 36–47 253 19.5
 48–59 140 10.8
Mean age (±SD) 27.9 (±14.0)  
Sex of child
 Female 639 49.3
 Male 656 50.7
Head of the household
 Female 45 3.5
 Male 1250 96.5
Mothers age
 15–34 years 737 56.9
 35–50 years 558 43.1
Marital status
 Currently unmarried 149 11.5
 Currently married 1146 88.5
Religion
 Orthodox Christianity 1220 94.2
 Othersa 75 5.8
Household size
  ≤ 4 470 36.3
 5–7 632 48.8
 8–10 193 14.8
Number of children under five
 1 101 7.8
 2–4 1194 92.2
Maternal education
 No formal education 884 68.3
 Primary education 189 14.6
 Secondary education 222 17.1
Maternal employment status
 Housewife 728 56.2
 Farmer 351 27.1
 Othersb 216 16.7
Paternal education
 No formal education 864 66.7
 Formal education 431 33.3
Main source of family food
 Own production 886 68.4
 Purchasing 364 28.1
 Othersc 45 3.5
Wealth status
 Poor 489 37.8
 Medium 387 29.9
 Rich 419 32.4
Health care access
 Good 1148 88.6
 Poor 147 11.4
  1. aMuslim and protestant Christianity
  2. bPrivate business, students, servant, unemployed
  3. cFood donating from government and families