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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of study subjects

From: Young maternal age is a risk factor for child undernutrition in Tamale Metropolis, Ghana

Characteristic Frequency (n = 300) Percent
Age group of mother (years)
 15–17 43 14.3
 18–19 107 35.7
 20–24 33 11.0
 25–29 55 18.3
 30–34 27 9.0
 35 + 35 11.7
Ethnicity of mother
 Dagomba 229 76.3
 Gonja 47 15.7
 Asante 9 3.0
 Frafra 9 3.0
 Others 6 2.0
Household head
 Mother 15 5.0
 Father 233 77.7
 Grand Parent 42 14.0
 Others 10 3.3
Household head’s employment
 Unemployed 13 4.3
 Farmer 53 17.7
 Trader 89 29.7
 Teacher 54 18.0
 Nurse 8 2.7
 Others 83 27.7
Household head’s monthly income (GHS)
 < 500.00 101 33.7
 500.00–999.00 154 51.3
 1000.00–1300.00 36 12.0
 > 1300.00 9 3.0
Age group of child (months)
 6–11 107 35.7
 12–23 99 33.0
 24 + 94 31.3
Sex of child
 Male 147 49.0
 Female 153 51.0
Birth place of child
 Health Facility 216 72.0
 Traditional Birth Attendant 76 25.3
 Home 8 2.7