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Table 4 Association between mothers’ attitude to STH infections and deworming to periodic deworming practice in preschool children in Abakpa-Nike, Enugu, Nigeria, N = 433

From: Perception and attitudinal factors contributing to periodic deworming of preschool children in an urban slum, Nigeria

To what extent do you agree or disagree with these statements Total (%)
(N = 433)
Periodic deworming of Index child Crude OR
(95% CI)
P-value
Yes
(n = 182)
No
(n = 251)
STH infection is a serious infection in preschool children
 – Agree + Strongly Agree 350 (80.8%) 156 (85.7%) 194 (77.3%) 0.57 (0.34–0.94) 0.035
 – Indifferent + Disagree + Strongly Disagree 83 (19.2%) 26 (14.3%) 57 (22.7%)  
Deworming for STH is good for preschool children
 – Agree + Strongly Agree 358 (82.7%) 161 (88.5%) 197 (78.5%) 0.48 (0.28–0.82) 0.007
 – Indifferent + Disagree + Strongly Disagree 75 (17.3%) 21 (11.5%) 54 (21.5%)  
Periodic deworming of preschool children for STH infections is very difficult to practice
 – Agree + Strongly Agree 23 (5.3%) 8 (4.4%) 15 (6.0%) 1.38 (0.57–3.33) 0.522
 – Indifferent + Disagree + Strongly Disagree 410 (94.7%) 174 (95.6%) 236 (94.0%)  
Periodic deworming of preschool children for STH infections is very expensive to practice
 – Agree + Strongly Agree 28 (6.5%) 10 (5.5%) 18 (7.2%) 1.33 (0.60–2.95) 0.556
 – Indifferent + Disagree + Strongly Disagree 405 (93.5%) 172 (94.5%) 233 (92.8%)  
Periodic deworming for STH infections is not necessary for preschool children
 – Agree + Strongly Agree 30 (6.9%) 5 (2.7%) 25 (10.0%) 3.92 (1.47–10.44) 0.004
 – Indifferent + Disagree + Strongly Disagree 403 (93.1%) 177 (97.3%) 226 (90.0%)  
Deworming for STH infections makes preschool children sick
 – Agree + Strongly Agree 17 (3.9%) 5 (2.7%) 12 (4.8%) 1.77 (0.62–5.14) 0.326
 – Indifferent + Disagree + Strongly Disagree 416 (96.1%) 177 (97.3%) 239 (95.2%)  
  1. Abbreviations: OR Odds ratio, CI Confidence interval
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