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Table 4 Nutritional status in relation to socio-demographic variables for rural mothers

From: Maternal and child under-nutrition in rural and urban communities of Lagos state, Nigeria: the relationship and risk factors

Parameters Number of women (n =150) Number (%) malnourished P values
Age (years)    0.090
  15 – 19 1 0 (0.0)  
  20 – 24 25 2 (8.0)  
  25 – 29 56 11 (19.6)  
  30 – 34 36 2 (5.6)  
  35 – 49 32 1 (3.1)  
Marital status    0.782
  Not yet married 3 0 (0.0)  
  Married 146 16 (11.0)  
  Widow 1 0 (0.0)  
Family setting    0.031
  Monogamy 119 16 (13.4)  
  Polygamy 31 0 (0.0)  
Age at first birth    0.016
  15- 19 22 0 (0.0)  
  20 – 24 78 14 (17.9)  
  25 – 29 42 1 (2.4)  
  30 – 34 5 0 (0.0)  
  35 - 39 3 1 (33.3)  
Parity    0.587
  1 24 3 (12.5)  
  2 51 8 (15.7)  
  3 22 0 (0.0)  
  4 28 3 (10.7)  
  5 -7 25 2 (8.0)  
Education of mothers    0.000
  No formal education 3 0 (0.0)  
  Primary 55 1 (1.8)  
  Secondary 79 15 (19.0)  
  Post-secondary 13 0 (0.0)  
Social class    0.514
  Upper 0 0 (0.0)  
  Middle 15 1 (6.7)  
  Lower 135 15 (11.1)