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Table 1 Socio-demographic profile of young people aged 15–24 in Butajira, Ethiopia, 2004 (n = 3743)

From: Traditional values of virginity and sexual behaviour in rural Ethiopian youth: results from a cross-sectional study

Variable Male [n (%) = 1699 (45)] Female [n (%) = 2044 (55)] Total n (%)
Age    
   15–19 1310 (77.1) 1525 (74.6) 2835 (75.7)
   20–24 389 (22.9) 519 (25.4) 908 (24.3)
Residence    
   Rural 1249 (73.5) 1481 (72.5) 2730 (72.9)
   Urban 450 (26.5) 563 (27.5) 1013 (27.1)
Religion    
   Muslim 1254 (73.8) 1486 (72.7) 2740 (73.2)
   Christians 445 (26.2) 558 (27.3) 1003 (26.8)
Marital status    
   Never married 1584 (93.2) 1461 (71.5) 3045 (81.4)
   Ever married 115 (6.8) 583 (28.5) 698 (18.6)
Education    
   Illiterate 260 (15.3) 771 (37.7) 1031 (27.5)
   Primary 881 (51.9) 872 (42.7) 1753 (46.8)
   Secondary 504 (29.7) 357 (17.5) 861(23.1)
   Above highs school level 25 (1.5) 13 (0.6) 38 (1.0)
   Read & write 29 (1.6) 31 (1.5) 60 (1.6)
Current attendance    
   Attending 1087 (64.0) 957 (46.8) 2040 (54.5)
   Out-of-school 616 (36.0) 1087 (53.2) 1703 (45.5)
Occupation    
   Student 1072 (63.1) 919 (45.0) 1991 (53.2)
   Unemployed 68 (4.0) 422 (20.6) 490 (13.1)
   Farmer 434 (25.6) 7 (0.3) 441 (11.8)
   Housewives 0 415 (20.3) 415 (11.1)
   Employed (government and private) 125 (7.3) 281 (13.7) 406 (10.8)