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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of pregnant women in Bale zone, Ethiopia, April 2017 (n = 396)

From: Perceived stress and its associated factors among pregnant women in Bale zone Hospitals, Southeast Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study

Variable Characteristics Frequency Percent
Age ≤ 24 208 52.5
25–34 161 40.7
≥ 35 27 6.8
Religion Muslim 227 57.3
Orthodox 148 37.4
Protestant 17 4.3
Othersa 4 1.0
Marital status Married 375 94.7
single 21 5.3
Educational status No formal education 84 21.2
Primary education 156 39.4
Secondary education 87 22.0
College and above 69 17.4
Occupation Housewife 234 59.1
Merchant 49 12.4
Private employee 31 7.8
Farmer 14 3.5
Government employee 52 13.1
Othersb 16 4.1
Residence Urban 289 73.0
Rural 107 27.0
Living arrangement With husband 361 91.2
Alone 35 8.8
  1. aCatholic and Waqeefataa
  2. bStudent