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Table 1 Sociodemographic and behavioral characteristics of adolescent girls and their mothers/guardians

From: Knowledge about cervical cancer and HPV immunization dropout rate among Brazilian adolescent girls and their guardians

CharacteristicsAdolescent girlsMothers/Guardians
Categoriesn (%)Categoriesn (%)
Age*11 years162 (24.3)≤ 35 years208 (33.5)
12 years199 (29.9)36-49 years308 (49.5)
≥13 years305 (45.8)≥50 years106 (17.0)
Educational level**≤ 6th grade of elementary school189 (28.4)Illiterate/Elementary school (incomplete or complete)336 (54.1)
7th–8th grades of middle school398 (59.9)High school (incomplete or complete)235 (37.8)
9th grade of middle school - 1st year of high school78 (11.7)Higher education (incomplete or complete)50 (8.1)
Residence areaRural270 (40.5)Rural244 (39.2)
Urban396 (59.5)Urban379 (60.8)
Household income (monthly)***≤US$750482 (80.2)
US$751–1500103 (17.1)
>US$150016 (2.7)
ReligionNo48 (7.2)No24 (3.8)
Catholic500 (75.1)Catholic473 (75.9)
Others118 (17.7)Others126 (20.2)
Marital StatusMarried369 (59.2)
Partner83 (13.3)
Single94 (15.1)
Widowed33 (5.3)
Separated/Divorced44 (7.1)
BoyfriendNo577 (86.6)
Yes89 (13.4)
Sexual intercourse****No654 (98.4)No3 (0.5)
Yes11 (1.6)Yes595 (99.5)
Age of 1st sexual intercourse*****9-12 years2 (18.2)≤ 15 years137 (23.0)
13-14 years7 (63.6)16-20 years303 (50.9)
15 years2 (18.2)> 20 years134 (22.5)
Did not know21 (3.6)
Number of sexual partners*****18 (72.7)1282 (48.5)
21 (9.1)≥ 2274 (47.2)
≥ 32 (18.2)Did not know25 (4.3)
Vaccine uptakeNone dose22 (3.3)
One dose208 (31.2)
Two doses436 (65.5)
  1. * Some adolescent girls were interviewed with more than 13 years old because the recruitment period was from 2014 to 2016. One guardian did not report the age
  2. ** One adolescent girl was not attending school. Two guardians did not know their level of education
  3. *** Twenty-two guardians did not report on household income
  4. **** One adolescent girl and twenty-five mothers/guardians did not report about sexual intercourse
  5. ***** Variables evaluated only for participants who reported having started sexual intercourse. Fourteen mothers/guardians did not report on the number of sexual partners