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Table 1 Socio-demographic and sexual characteristics of secondary school female students in Mekelle town, northern Ethiopia, 2012

From: Sexual and reproductive health communication and awareness of contraceptive methods among secondary school female students, northern Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study

Characteristics Frequency Percent (%)
Age in years   
13-15 188 23.3
16-17 397 49.2
18-21 222 27.5
Mean±SD 16.55 ± 1.35  
Origin of residence   
Rural 122 15.1
Urban 685 84.9
Religion   
Orthodox 690 85.5
Muslim 66 8.2
Other 51 6.3
Educational level   
9th grade 205 25.4
10th grade 254 31.5
11th grade 116 14.4
12th grade 232 28.7
Stream of study (n = 348)   
Social sciences 86 24.7
Natural sciences 262 75.3
School   
Public 695 86.1
Private 112 13.9
Ever had sexual partner   
Yes 171 21.2
No 636 78.8
Do you have sexual partner currently? (n = 171)   
Yes 127 74.3
No 44 25.7
Ever had sexual intercourse (n = 802)   
Yes 127 15.8
No 675 84.2
Ever had sexual intercourse in past 12 months (n=127)   
Yes 80 63.0
No 47 37.0
Ever had sexual intercourse in the past 3 months (n=80)   
Yes 38 47.5
No 42 52.5
Ever had pregnancy (N=127)   
Yes 20 15.7
No 107 84.3
History of induced abortion (n=20)   
Yes 18 90
No 2 10