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Table 2 Characteristics of the surveyed population

From: Self-reported acute pesticide intoxications in Ethiopia

Variable Total N = 516 Living proximity from FF and work in FF
Close to FF Close & work in FF Close & don’t work in FF Far from FF
N = 257 N = 164 N = 93 N = 259
Gender N (%)      
   Men 298 (58) 132 (51) 86 (52 %) 46 (49) 166 (64) a**
   Women 218 (42) 125 (49) 78 (48) 47 (51) 93 (36)
Family size      
   Mean (SD) 4.9 (2.9) 3.6 (2.0) 3.1 (1.9) 4.4 (2.1) bb** 6.4 (2.9)
Age in years      
   Mean (SD) 30 (10.6) 26 (6.9) 25 (5.5) 29 (7.9) bb** 34 (12.1) b*
Education in school years      
   Mean (SD) 5.5 (3.7) 6.6 (3.5) 6.7 (3.4) 6.4 (3.6) 4.4 (3.6) b**
Type of job N (%)      
   Farmer own farm 275 (53) 36 (14) 0 36 (39) 239 (92)
   Flower farm 165 (32) 164 (64) 164 (100) 0 1 (0.003)
    Green house 87 (17) 86 (34) 86 (52) 0 1 (0.003)
    Pack-house 29 (6) 29 (6) 29 (18) 0 0
    Sprayer 29 (6) 29 (6) 29 (18) 0 0
    Other 20 (4) 20 (4) 20 (12) 0 0
   Other 76 (15) 57 (22) 0 57 (61) 19 (7)
Work experience (months)      
   Mean (SD) 46 (43) 35 (27) 31 (24.5) 52 (31.3) bb** 71 (61)
Family members working in FF N {%} 109 (21) 104 (20) 82 (50) 22 (22) 5 (1)
Pesticide use N (%) c      
   Household use 172 (33) 58 (23) 38 (23) 20 (22) 114 (44) d
   Own farm 214 (41) 47 (18) 10 (6) 37 (40) dd** 167 (65) d
   Flower farm 173 (34) 172 (67) 157 (96) 15 (16) dd** 1 (0.003) d
Cigarette smoking (tobacco) N (%) 7 (1) 0 0 0 7 (3)
  1. FF: flower farm; a: Chi-square test comparing the subgroups close vs. far; b: independent t-test comparing the subgroups close vs. far; bb: independent t-test comparing the subgroups “close & work” vs. “close & don’t work” in FF; c: percentage may not add to 100 %; d: comparing the subgroups close vs. far by logistic regression; dd: comparing the subgroups “close & work” vs. “close & don’t work” in FF by logistic regression; *:p < 0.05; **::p < 0.01