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Table 1 Mean level of complementary feeding

From: Levels and determinants of complementary feeding based on meal frequency among children of 6 to 23 months in Bangladesh

Variables Numbers (%) Mean (± SD) Standard Error (SE) P values
Children age (months)
 6–11 853 (35.9) 19.1 (± 11.7) 0.40 <0.001a
 12–17 800 (33.7) 26.2 (± 11.8) 0.42
 18–23 720 (30.3) 28.0 (± 12.2) 0.45
Sex of child
 Male 1199 (50.5) 23.9 (± 12.4) 0.36 0.332b
 Female 1174 (49.5) 24.5 (± 12.5) 0.36
Mother’s education
 Illiterate 380 (16.0) 18.8 (± 9.97) 0.51 <0.001b
 Literate 1993 (84.0) 25.2 (± 12.7) 0.28
Father’s education
 Illiterate 605 (25.5) 19.8 (± 10.7) 0.43 <0.001b
 Literate 1768 (74.5) 25.7 (± 12.7) 0.30
Father’s employment status
 Currently unemployed 53 (2.2) 22.6 (± 13.9) 1.91 <0.001a
 Labours 1665 (70.2) 23.3 (± 11.8) 0.29
 Service holders 509 (21.4) 26.1 (± 13.2) 0.59
 Businessmen 146 (6.2) 28.8 (± 14.5) 1.20
Socioeconomic status
 Poor 497 (20.9) 19.6 (± 10.6) 0.47 <0.001a
 Middle 456 (19.2) 21.4 (± 11.1) 0.52
 Rich 1420 (59.8) 26.7 (± 12.8) 0.34
Watch television
 No 930 (39.2) 20.7 (± 11.1) 0.36 <0.001b
 Yes 1443 (60.8) 26.5 (± 12.8) 0.34
Listen to radio
 No 2168 (91.4) 24.1 (± 12.5) 0.27 0.179
 Yes 205 (8.6) 25.3 (± 12.8) 0.89
Read newspapers/magazine
 No 1969 (83.0) 22.9 (± 11.8) 0.27 <0.001b
 Yes 404 (17.0) 30.4 (± 13.7) 0.68
Food insecurity
 No 1550 (65.3) 25.3 (± 12.9) 0.33 <0.001b
 Yes 823 (34.7) 22.2 (± 11.3) 0.40
Place of residence
 Urban 729 (30.7) 27.4 (± 13.4) 0.49 <0.001b
 Rural 1644 (69.3) 22.8 (± 11.8) 0.29
Region of residence
 Southern 266 (11.2) 23.7 (± 12.5) 0.76 <0.001a
 Southeastern 499 (21.0) 22.3 (± 12.9) 0.58
 Central 378 (15.9) 23.6 (± 12.7) 0.66
 Western 269 (11.3) 28.8 (± 11.4) 0.69
 Mid-western 308 (13.0) 26.2 (± 11.8) 0.67
 Northwestern 299 (12.6) 25.9 (± 11.2) 0.65
 Eastern 354 (14.9) 21.1 (± 12.6) 0.67
Total 2373 (100.0) 24.2 (± 12.5) 0.26  
  1. SD Standard deviation, SE Standard error
  2. aANOVA test
  3. bT-test