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Table 1 Descriptive characteristics of children in the study group

From: Nutritional status and correlated socio-economic factors among preschool and school children in plantation communities, Sri Lanka

Variables Preschool children (n = 206) Primary school children (n = 180) Secondary school children (n = 161)
Mean 95% CI Mean 95% CI Mean 95% CI
Individual Characteristics
 Gender (1 = Female, 0 = Male) 53% (47% - 60%) 50% (43% - 57%) 55% (48% - 63%)
 No. of Siblings (1 = > 2, 0 = ≤ 2) 30% (24% - 36%) 28% (21% - 34%) 24% (18% - 31%)
 Birth Order (1 = > 2, 0 = ≤ 2) 26% (20% - 32%) 17% (11% - 22%) 15% (9% - 20%)
 No. of Family members (1 = > 5, 0 = ≤ 5) 61% (54% - 67%) 57% (49% - 64%) 53% (46% - 61%)
Education and Employment status of parents
 Father completed secondary education or above (1 = Yes, 0 = No) 27% (21% - 33%) 41% (34% - 49%) 42% (35% - 50%)
 Mother completed secondary education or above (1 = Yes, 0 = No) 41% (34% - 48%) 41% (33% - 48%) 32% (25% - 40%)
 Father is employed (1 = Yes, 0 = No) 91% (87% - 95%) 88% (83% - 93%) 96% (93% - 99%)
 Mother is employed (1 = Yes, 0 = No) 34% (28% - 41%) 39% (32% - 46%) 36% (29% - 44%)
Household Characteristics
 Type of Dwellings (1 = Attached house, 0 = Separate house) 79% (74% - 85%) 79% (73% - 85%) 75% (68% - 82%)
 No. of Rooms (1 = ≤ 2, 0 = > 2) 55% (48% - 62%) 54% (47% - 61%) 46% (38% - 54%)
 Floor (1 = Cement, 0 = Earthen) 86% (81% - 91%) 86% (80% - 91%) 81% (75% - 87%)
 Wall (1 = Cement, 0 = Wood/mud) 80% (74% - 85%) 86% (80% - 91%) 83% (77% - 89%)
 Roof (1 = Metal laminate, 0 = Board laminate) 85% (81% - 90%) 88% (83% - 93%) 88% (83% - 93%)
 House own latrine (1 = Yes, 0 = No) 66% (59% - 72%) 56% (48% - 63%) 58% (50% - 65%)
 Source of drinking water (1 = Treated, 0 = Untreated) 66% (59% - 72%) 69% (62% - 76%) 73% (66% - 80%)
 Monthly income (1 = ≤ 20,000, 0 = > 20,000, Rupees) 77% (71% - 83%) 73% (66% - 79%) 77% (70% - 84%)