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Table 1 Background characteristics of children

From: Correlates of stunting among children in Ghana

Variable Category Percent
Proportion of stunted children NA 27.5
Age (N = 2325) Less than 6 months 8.8
  6-11months 11.4
  12-23 months 21.4
  24-35 months 19.3
  36-47 months 18.8
  48-59 months 20.5
Sex of child (N = 2379) Females 50.8
  Males 49.2
Region (N = 2325) Western 9.3
  Central 9.1
  Greater Accra 11.5
  Volta 9.1
  Eastern 8.2
  Ashanti 19.7
  Brong Ahafo 10.5
  Northern 15.2
  Upper East 4.8
  Upper West 2.6
Ethnicity (N = 2230) Akan 47.9
  Ga/Dangme 5.0
  Ewe 13.3
  Mole-dagbani 21.4
Others 12.4
Mother’s Educational level No education 32.9
(N = 2323) Primary 24.3
  Middle/JHS 34.9
  Secondary and above 7.9
Wealth Status (N = 2325) Poorest 25.6
  Poorer 22.9
  Middle 17.8
  Richer 19.5
  Richest 14.2
Household size (N = 2325) 1-4 35.2
  5-8 53.1
  9 and above 11.7
Source of drinking water (N = 2311) Pipe 35.6
  Well 43.6
  Spring/river/rainwater 14.5
  Tanker/bottle/sachet 6.3
Type of toilet facility (N = 2309) Water closet 8.6
  Pit latrine 63.6
  Bush/no facility 27.8
Number of children (N = 2329) 1-4 71.6
  5-8 25.0
  9-14 3.4
Mother’s age (N = 2345) 15-24 22.1
  25-34 49.0
  35-44 25.6
  45 and above 3.3
Timing of breastfeeding (N = 2323) <1 hour 53.4
  1 hour 11.7
  2nd - 23rd hour 18.2
  < 6 days 16.0
  6th - 14th day 0.7
Incidence of diarrhoea (N = 2332) Yes 20.9
  No 79.1
  1. Source: Computed from 2008 GDHS dataset.