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Table 1 Sociodemographic characteristics of the study sample

From: Prevalence and sociodemographic correlates of stunting, underweight, and overweight among Palestinian school adolescents (13-15 years) in two major governorates in the West Bank

  Ramallah governorate Hebron governorate  
Sociodemographic factors n = 935 n = 1007 Pa
  % (n) % (n)  
Gender    
   Boys 46.7 (437) 45.5 (458)  
   Girls 53.3 (498) 54.5 (549) 0.919
Location of residence    
   Urban 41.0 (373) 67.8 (663)  
   Rural 59.0 (537) 32.2 (315) 0.032
Age in years    
   13 41.4 (387) 32.9 (331)  
   14 44.5 (416) 48.0 (484)  
   15 14.1 (132) 19.1 (192) 0.257
Mother's education    
   Less than secondary school 72.7 (662) 77.2 (729)  
   Secondary school/college or university or higher 27.3 (249) 22.8 (215) 0.322
Father's education    
   Less than secondary school 61.4 (557) 66.3 (625)  
   Secondary school 16.7 (152) 15.3 (144)  
   College or university 21.9 (199) 18.4 (173) 0.299
Family size    
   Mean ± SD 8.1 ± 2.4 8.9 ± 2.5 0.001
   1-6 persons 27.6 (240) 12.5 (118)  
   7-8 persons 34.7 (301) 37.6 (355)  
   > 8 persons 37.7 (327) 49.9 (472) < 0.001
Household STL b    
   Mean ± SD 9.2 ± 2.9 8.0 ± 2.8 0.002
   Low (0-6) 18.3 (156) 29.5 (292)  
   Medium (7-10) 48.9 (418) 52.4 (518)  
   High (11-16) 32.8 (280) 18.1 (179) 0.003
Present household economic situation index c    
   Worse off (14-20) 17.9 (159) 30.7 (283)  
   Medium (7-13) 56.5 (503) 54.1 (498)  
   Better off (4-6) 25.6 (228) 15.2 (140) < 0.001
  1. SD: Standard deviation
  2. aP for the comparison between governorates using χ2 tests for categorical variables and t-tests for means.
  3. bHousehold standard of living index (STL) was based on the possession of 16 household amenities; each item given a value of 1.
  4. cPresent household economic situation index was formulated based on 4 questions: - "Do you have enough money to cover family needs now?" "At the present time, do you have any debts?" At the present time, to what extent do you have to postpone paying bills?" and "During the past school year, did you have to borrow money to cover family needs?"