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Table 1 Socio-demographic and economic characteristics of mother–child pairs in Dewa Cheffe District, northeast Ethiopia, 2015 (n = 600)

From: Nutrient consumption and associated factors among school age children in Dewa Chefe District, northeast Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study

Variables Frequency Percent
Sex of the child
 Male 361 60.2
 Female 239 39.8
Age of child (years)
 7 193 32.2
 8 184 30.7
 9 223 37.2
Head of household
 Male 538 89.7
 Female 62 10.3
Age of the mothers
 < 25 years 47 7.8
 26–35 years 273 45.5
 36–45 years 201 33.5
 ≥ 46 years 79 13.2
Mother’s education
 Illiterate 347 57.8
 Can read and write 207 34.5
 Primary school and above 46 7.7
Mother’s employment status
 Housewife 394 65.7
 Self-employed 206 34.3
Father’s education
 Illiterate 319 53.2
 Can read and write 264 44.0
 Primary school and above 17 2.8
Wealth status
 Lowest 150 25.0
 Medium 301 50.2
 Highest 149 24.8
Family size
 ≤ 3 110 18.3
 4–5 232 38.7
 ≥ 6 258 43.0