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Table 3 Frequency of contextual factors related to intake of iron pills by high school girls

From: Process evaluation of a national school-based iron supplementation program for adolescent girls in Iran

  Total (No./%) Continuous compliance (No./%) Refusal (No./%)
Scores of health knowledge    
─ Low 297(45.98) 173 (58.20) 86 (29.29)
─ Good 349 (54.02) 231 (66.20)* 87 (24.9)
Self-report of body iron status    
─ Severe iron deficiency 70 (10.80) 37 (52.86) 29 (41.43)
─Moderate iron deficiency 242 (37.35) 151 (62.40) 59 (24.38)
─ Ideal 159 (24.54) 112 (70.44) 34 (21.38)
─ Better than ideal 11 (1.69) 7 (63.64) 2 (18.18)
─ No Idea 166 (25.62) 97 (58.43) 52 (31.32)
Awareness of body iron status    
─ Yes 118 (18.58%) 82 (69.49) 29 (24.58)
─ No 517 (81.42%) 313 (60.54) 146 (28.24)
Home iron consumption    
─ Yes 237 (36.63%) 166 (70.04)** 51 (21.52)
─ No 388 (59.97%) 220 (56.70) 124 (31.96)
─ Sometimes 22 (3.40%) 16 (72.73) 1 (4.54)
Mothers’ literacy level    
─ No education 27 (4.74) 15 (55.55) 7 (25.93)
─ ≤ high school level 479 (84.04) 300 (62.63) 123 (25.67)
─ > high school level 64 (11.23) 38 (59.38) 23 (35.94)
Fathers' literacy level    
─ No education 15 (2.65) 9 (60) 3 (20)
─ ≤ high school level 388 (68.67) 242 (62.37) 106 (27.32)
─ > high school level 162 (28.67) 101 (62.35) 42 (25.93)
  1. Single and double asterisks represent p- value less than 0.05 and 0.01, respectively.