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Table 1 Distribution of socio-demographic factors, intervention strategies, school retention, early marriage and early pregnancy in UP and Bihar (India)

From: Effectiveness of a community based intervention to delay early marriage, early pregnancy and improve school retention among adolescents in India

  All
n = 1770
Male
n = 826
Female
n = 944
P value
Age
 10–14 763 (43.1) 375 (45.2) 390 (41.3) .245
 15–19 501 (28.3) 223 (27.0) 278 (29.4)  
 20–24 506 (28.3) 230 (27.8) 278 (29.2)  
Marital status
 Never married 1399 (79.0) 718 (86.9) 681 (72.1) .000
 Ever married 371 (21.0) 108 (13.1) 263 (27.9)  
Educational level     
  > Primary 994 (61.2) 504 (61.0) 490 (59.3) .114
  ≤ Primary 629 (38.8) 293 (36.8) 336 (40.7)  
Income
  > 3000 1468 (82.7) 622 (75.3) 841 (89.1) .000
  ≤ 3000 307 (17.3) 204 (24.7) 103 (10.9)  
Caste .024
 General 413 (23.3) 213 (25.8) 200 (21.2)  
 Other backward classes/Scheduled class/Scheduled tribes 1357 (76.7) 613 (74.2) 744 (78.8)  
Exposure to peer educators
 Yes 250 (15.4) 62 (8.4) 188 (21.3) .000
 No 1373 (84.6) 680 (91.6) 693 (78.7)  
Access to Media
 Yes 1305 (73.7) 508 (61.5) 797 (84.4) .000
 No 465 (26.3) 318 (38.5) 147 (15.6)  
Exposure to Youth Information Centre
 Yes 378 (21.4) 170 (20.6) 208 (22.0) .457
 No 1392 (78.6) 656 (79.4) 736 (78.0)  
Age at marriage *
 Married after the legal age of marriage and never married 1497 (89.6) 794 (98.0) 703 (81.7) .000
 Married before the legal age at marriage 173 (10.4) 16 (2.0) 157 (18.3)  
Age of conception
  > 19 years 253 (68.4) 85 (78.7) 168 (64.1) .007
  ≤ 19 years 117 (31.6) 23 (21.3) 94 (35.9)  
Currently going to school
 Yes 1188 (73.2) 601 (75.3) 587 (71.1) .053
 No 436 (26.8) 197 (24.7) 239 (28.9)  
Exposure to life skills education
 Yes 400 (35.2) 132 (23.2) 268 (47.1) .000
 No 737 (64.8) 436 (76.8) 301 (52.9)  
Information about youth friendly health services
 Yes 395 (35.4) 167 (29.9) 228 (40.8) .000
 No 722 (64.6) 391 (70.1) 331 (59.2)  
  1. * Caste which were married before the intervention have been excluded from the analysis and legal age of marriage in India is 18 years for girls and 21 years for boys