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Table 1 Description of mothers according to their characteristics

From: Socioeconomic determinants of malnutrition among mothers in the Amoron’i Mania region of Madagascar: a cross-sectional study

Mothers’ characteristics
(n = 670)
n %
Age (year)   33 (7) a
Education level
 Illiterate 94 14.0
 Primary 393 58.7
 Secondary 1st cycle 150 22.4
 Secondary 2nd cycle 33 4.9
Occupation
 Farmer 605 90.3
 Others 65 9.7
Marital status
 Couple 520 77.6
 Single 150 22.4
Occupation of husband (n = 520)
 Farmer 428 82.3
 Others 92 17.7
Dietary diversity score   3 (2–4) b
Age at first pregnancy   19 (3) a
  ≤ 15 59 8.8
 16–17 148 22.1
  ≥ 18 463 69.1
Gravidity   4 (3–6) b
Parity   4 (3–6) b
Breastfeeding
 Yes 283 42.2
 No 387 57.8
Age of last child (years)   3 (1–5) b
Birth interval (months)
  < 24 95 14.2
  ≥ 24 575 85.8
Number of children < 5 years
 0 182 27.2
 1 379 40.3
 2 184 27.5
 3 and + 33 5.1
  1. a Mean (SD)
  2. b Median (25%–75%)