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Table 2 Parental characteristics of adolescent students in Debre-Markos secondary and preparatory school from Nov. 23–27, 2017 (n = 600)

From: Premarital sexual intercourse and associated factors among adolescent students in Debre-Markos town secondary and preparatory schools, north west Ethiopia, 2017

Variables Frequency Percent (%)
With whom usually live
Father and mother 333 55.4
Mother only 57 9.5
Father only 18 3.0
Relatives 43 7.2
Friends 22 3.7
Alone 127 21.2
Parental residence
Rural 275 46.1
Urban 321 53.9
Mother alive
Yes 583 97.2
No 17 2.8
Maternal educational status
Unable to read and write 113 19.4
Read and write 168 28.8
Primary (1–8) 94 16.1
Secondary (9–10) 38 6.5
Above secondary 170 29.2
Maternal occupational status
Housewife 216 37.0
Daily laborer 17 2.9
Farmer 174 29.8
Government employ 115 19.7
Merchant 25 4.3
Housemaid 36 6.2
Father alive
Yes 552 92.0
No 48 8.0
Paternal educational status
Unable to read and write 69 12.5
Read and write 168 30.4
Primary (1–8) 69 12.5
Secondary (9–10) 35 6.3
Above secondary 211 38.2
Paternal occupational status
Daily laborer 22 4
Farmer 254 46
Merchant 99 17.9
Government employ 161 29.2
Othera 16 2.9
Monthly income of parents
< 18.9 USA dollar 19 3.2
18.9–35.7 USA dollar 29 4.9
35.75–53.6 USA dollar 21 3.5
> 53.6 USA dollar 263 44.1
I don’t know 264 44.3
Parents marital status
Currently married 495 82.5
Separated 30 5.0
Divorced 16 2.7
Widowed 42 7.0
Otherb 17 2.8
  1. aPriest
  2. bWhose mother died