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Table 1 Socio-economic characteristics of adolescent girls in the study area

From: Adolescent girls’ health, nutrition and wellbeing in rural eastern India: a descriptive, cross-sectional community-based study

  10–14 years 15–19 years Total (n = 3324)
N % N % N %
Household location
 Main Village 1297 72.8 1077 69.8 2374 71.4
 Hamlet 485 27.2 465 30.2 950 28.6
Class/Caste status
 Scheduled Tribe 1467 82.3 1264 82.0 2731 82.2
 Scheduled Caste 9 0.5 6 0.4 15 0.5
 Other Backward Class 306 17.2 272 17.6 578 17.4
Tribe (n = 2731)
 Ho 1449 98.8 1254 99.2 2703 99.0
 Santhal 8 0.5 2 0.2 10 0.4
 Oraon 0 0.0 1 0.1 1 0.0
 Munda 10 0.7 6 0.5 16 0.6
 Other 0 0.0 1 0.1 1 0.0
Religion
 Sarna 1463 82.1 1250 81.1 2713 81.6
 Hindu 247 13.9 222 14.4 469 14.1
 Christian 47 2.6 52 3.4 99 3.0
 Other 25 1.4 18 1.2 43 1.3
Marital status
 Not married 1777 99.7 1196 77.6 2973 89.4
 Married 5 0.3 346 22.4 351 10.6
Owns personal mobile phone 37 2.1 466 30.2 503 15.1
Household assetsa
 Bicycle 1532 86.0 1288 83.5 2820 84.8
 Television 151 8.5 147 9.5 298 9.0
 Electricity 1503 84.3 1325 85.9 2828 85.1
 Motorcycle 203 11.4 185 12 388 11.7
Sources of household incomea
 Daily paid labour through MGNREGAb 745 41.8 653 42.3 1398 42.1
 Daily paid labour not through MNREGA 1411 79.2 1276 82.7 2687 80.8
 Paid agricultural labour 1163 65.3 991 64.3 2154 64.8
 Small scale trade (tela, small market stall, very small shop) 106 5.9 74 4.8 180 5.4
Type of toilet in household
 Not improved 41 2.3 49 3.2 90 2.7
 Improved 111 6.2 76 4.9 187 5.6
 Field 1630 91.5 1417 91.9 3047 91.7
  1. a Participants selected one or more options as appropriate; bMGNREGA Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, a national programme to provide wage employment to households in rural area