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Table 1 Socio- demographic characteristics of the study population

From: The effect of maternal and child factors on stunting, wasting and underweight among preschool children in Northern Ghana

Characteristics Mean (± SD) Frequency (n) Percentage (%)
Mean age (years) 30.26 ± 6.02   
Age groups (years)
 18–34   320 75.3
 At least 35   105 24.7
Education
 None   332 78.1
 Low (primary/junior high school)   79 18.6
 High (at least sec school)   14 3.6
Marital status
 Married   388 91.3
 Currently unmarried   37 8.7
Ethnicity
 Gonja   228 53.6
 Dagomba   115 27.1
 Others   82 19.3
Religion
 Islam   397 93.4
 Other religions   28 6.6
Household wealth
 Low   268 63.1
 High   157 36.9
Child characteristic    
Mean age (months) 25.14 ± 13.56   
Age groups (months)
 6–11   72 16.9
 12–23   138 32.5
 24–35   108 25.4
 36–47   70 16.5
 48–59   37 8.7
Sex
 Male   216 50.8
 Female   209 49.2
Mean birth weight (kg) 2.97 ± 0.49   
Birth weight (kg)
  < 2.5   23 11.9
  ≥ 2.5   170 88.1