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Table 5 Bivariate analysis of predictors of chronic malnutrition among children aged 6–59 months

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

Characteristic N Classification of stunting p value
  Normal
n (%)
Stunted
n (%)
Age of child (months) <0.001
 6–11 72 65 (90.3) 7 (9.7)
 12–23 138 88 (63.8) 50 (36.2)
 24–35 108 69 (63.9) 39 (36.1)
 36–47 70 52 (74.3) 18 (25.7)
 48–59 37 31 (83.8) 6 (16.2)
Classification of ANC visits 0.03
  < 4 147 96 (65.3) 51 (34.7)
  ≥ 4 278 208 (74.8) 70 (25.2)
Birth weight classification <0.001
  < 2.5 Kg 23 9 (39.1) 14 (60.9)
  ≥ 2.5 Kg 170 129 (75.9) 41 (24.1)
Gender of child 0.005
 Male 216 142 (65.7) 74 (34.3)
 Female 209 163 (78.0) 46 (22.0)
Type of toilet facility 0.03
 No facility (open defecation) 377 264 (70.0) 113 (30.0)
 Pit latrine/flush 48 41 (85.4) 7 (14.6)
Maternal height (cm) 0.01
  < 150 17 9 (52.9) 8 (47.1)
 150–154 57 40 (70.2) 17 (29.8)
 155–159 129 83 (64.3) 46 (35.7)
  ≥ 160 222 173 (77.9) 49 (22.1)