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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of children and their parents in Pawe District, northwest Ethiopia, 2015

From: Complementary feeding practices among children in Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia

Characteristics Frequency Percent
Place of residence
 Urban 215 27.4
 Rural 570 72.6
Sex of the child
 Male 385 49
 Female 400 51
Age of the child (in months)
 6–11 251 32.0
 12–17 502 63.9
 18–23 32 4.1
Birth order of the child
 1st 175 22.3
 2nd–3rd 513 65.4
 4th and above 97 12.3
Birth interval in years (n = 610)
 No birth intervala 175  
 1 81 13.3
 2–3 394 64.6
 ≥4 135 22.1
Ethnicity
 Amhara 446 56.7
 Agew 96 12.5
 Gumuz 71 9.0
 Otherb 172 21.8
Religion
 Orthodox 450 57.3
 Muslim 169 21.3
 Protestant 146 18.6
 Catholic 18 2.3
Family size
 ≤5 573 72.9
 >5 212 27.1
Number children under 5 years
 One 174 22.2
 Two 211 26.8
 Three to five 400 51
Mother’s marital status
 Currently married 669 85.2
 Currently unmarried 116 14.8
Mother’s educational status
 No formal education 500 63.7
 Primary school (1–8) 174 22.2
 Secondary school and above 111 14.1
Mother’s employment status
 Housewife 671 85.5
 Employed 114 14.5
Father’s educational status
 No formal education 446 56.8
 Primary school (1–8) 198 25.2
 Secondary school and above 141 18.0
Mother’s age
 15–24 114 (14.5)
 25–34 410 (52.2)
 35–46 261 (33.3)
Father’s employment status (n = 667)
 Farmer 570 85.4
 Otherc 97 14.7
Possession of TV or radio
 Yes 83 10.7
 No 702 89.3
Average monthly income
 <999 584 74.4
 1000–2499 113 14.4
 ≥3000 88 11.2
  1. aChildren at first birth order or without an elder child
  2. bOromo, Shinasha, Hadiya, Kumbata, and Tigre
  3. cGovernmental employee and daily laborer