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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of study participants in Debre Markos town, Northwest, Ethiopia, 2017 (n = 436)

From: Nutritional status and correlation with academic performance among primary school children, northwest Ethiopia

Variable Category Frequency (N: 436) Percent (%)
Residence Urban 396 90.8
Rural 40 9.2
Age of a child (years) 7 87 19.9
8 122 28
9 109 25
10 118 27.1
Sex Male 245 56.2
Female 191 43.8
Religion Orthodox 389 89.2
Muslim 19 4. 4
Protestant 25 5.8
Others 3 0.6
With whom a child lives Mother 37 8.5
Father 14 3.2
Mother and father 377 86.5
Grand families 5 1.14
Others 3 0.66
Marital status of Parents/caregivers Single 17 3.9
Married 367 84.2
Divorced 37 8.5
Separated 11 2.5
Others 4 0.9
Educational status of mothers No formal education 81 19.5
Primary 162 39.2
Secondary 133 32.2
Diploma 27 6.5
Degree and above 11 2.6
Fathers’ Educational status No formal education 67 17.7
Primary 94 24.9
Secondary 98 25.1
Diploma 79 20.95
Degree and above 43 11.4
Mothers’ occupational status Housewife 127 30.6
Student 9 2.17
Government employee 117 28.3
Private work 123 29.7
Others 38 9.17
Fathers’ occupational status Farmer 86 22
Merchant 76 19.5
Government employee 132 33.7
Private work 97 24.8
Family size ≤ 3 34 7.8
4–5 285 65.4
≥ 6 117 26.8
Monthly income < 1000 52 11.9
1000–2000 292 67
> 2000 92 20.1