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Table 1 Socio-demographic and economic characteristics of the children and their parents, East Belesa District, northwest Ethiopia, 2014 (N = 633)

From: Undernutrition and associated factors among children aged 6-59 months in East Belesa District, northwest Ethiopia: a community based cross-sectional study

Variables Frequency Percent
Child sex   
 Male 339 53.6
 Female 294 46.4
Child age in month   
 6–11 107 16.9
 12–23 178 28.1
 24–35 138 21.8
 36–47 118 18.6
 48–59 92 14.6
Maternal age   
 15–19 31 4.9
 20–29 335 52.9
 30–51 267 42.2
Maternal age at first birth   
 <15 63 10.0
 15–19 444 70.1
 20–29 126 19.9
Head of HHa   
 Male 585 92.4
 Female 48 7.6
Marital status   
 Married 585 92.4
 Single 17 2.7
 Otherb 31 4.9
Religion   
 Orthodox 617 97.5
 Muslim 16 2.5
Ethnicity   
 Amhara 622 98.3
 Agew 11 1.7
Family size   
 <5 375 59.2
 ≥5 258 40.8
Number of children ever born   
 1–3 372 58.8
 4–6 226 35.7
 >6 35 5.5
Number of under five children   
 1 383 60.5
 2–3 250 39.5
Maternal education   
 No education 555 87.7
 Informal education (can read and write) 43 6.8
 Formal educationc 35 5.5
Paternal education   
 No education 303 50.2
 Informal education (can read and write) 183 30.3
 Formal educationc 118 19.5
Maternal occupation   
 Housewife 601 94.9
 Othersd 32 5.1
Paternal occupation   
 Farmer 580 96.1
 Otherd 24 3.9
Monthly income (in Et. Br.)   
 <750 456 72.0
 750–1000 134 21.2
 >1000 43 6.8
Decision making on use of money   
 Individuallye 483 76.3
 Jointly 150 23.7
Livestock ownership   
 Yes 521 82.3
 No 112 17.7
HH supported by safety net program   
 Yes 81 12.8
 No 552 87.2
  1. aHousehold
  2. bWidowed and divorced
  3. cPrimary, secondary, and above
  4. dStudent, merchant and government employee
  5. eEither by the husband or the wife