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Table 2 The mother-in-law: living proximity and decision making in rural and urban areas

From: The potential role of mother-in-law in prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV: a mixed methods study from the Kilimanjaro region, northern Tanzania

  All N = 317
n (%)
Rural N = 137
n (%)
Urban N = 180
n (%)
 
The mother-in-law lives     
   Together with the couple 46 (14.5) 35 (25.5) 11 (6.1) ***
   Same/nearby village 142 (44.8) 54 (39.4) 88 (48.9)  
   Far away 129 (40.7) 48 (35.0) 81 (45.0)  
Meet the mother-in-law     
   > Once a week 133 (42.0) 82 (59.9) 51 (28.3) ***
   < Once a week 184 (58.0) 55 (40.1) 129 (71.7)  
Moved to the mother-in-law after birth     
   Yes 115 (36.3) 49 (35.8) 66 (36.7)  
   No 202 (63.7) 88 (64.2) 114 (63.3)  
The mother-in-law makes the decision on     
   Clinical attendance 1 (0.3) 1 (0.7) 0 (0.0)  
   Family planning 2 (0.6) 1 (0.7) 1 (0.6)  
   HIV testing 1 (0.3) 1 (0.7) 0 (0.0)  
   Infant feeding 6 (1.9) 6 (4.4) 0 (0.0)  
Primary confidant     
   Male partner 191 (60.3) 81 (59.1) 110 (61.1)  
   Mother 59 (18.6) 21 (15.3) 38 (21.1)  
   Mother-in-law 4 (1.3) 4 (2.9) 0 (0.0)  
   Sister/other 63 (19.8) 31 (22.6) 32 (17.7)  
  1. *** p < 0.001.