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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of study participants in Sodo Zuria district, South Ethiopia, June 2017

From: Predictors of stunting among children 6–59 months of age in Sodo Zuria District, South Ethiopia: a community based cross-sectional study

Variables (n = 342)   Frequency Percentage
Maternal Age 15–19 9 2.63
20–29 192 56.14
30–39 121 35.38
≥40 20 5.85
Marital status Currently married 299 87.43
Currently unmarrieda 43 12.57
Ethnicity Wolaita 336 98.25
Othersb 6 1.75
Religion Protestant 246 71.93
Orthodox 87 25.44
Othersc 9 2.63
Maternal education Can’t read and write 224 65.50
Read and write 7 2.05
Primary education (1–8) 90 26.31
Secondary education (9–12) 9 2.63
Above secondary 12 3.51
Paternal education Can’t read and write 183 53.51
Read and write 15 4.38
Primary education (1–8) 113 33.04
Secondary education (9–12) 11 3.22
Above secondary 20 5.85
Maternal occupation Housewife 25 7.31
Farmer 239 69.88
Merchant 46 13.45
Othersd 32 9.36
Paternal occupation Farmer 244 71.34
Government employee 25 7.31
Merchant 42 12.28
Otherd 31 9.06
Monthly Income <750 ETB 258 75.44
750–1500 ETB 68 19.88
>1500 ETB 16 4.68
Decision making on income Husband 10 2.92
Spouse 38 11.11
Jointly 294 85.97
Family size ≤5 154 42.03
>5 188 54.97
Child sex Male 164 47.95
Female 178 52.05
Child age (in months) 6–23 104 30.41
24–59 238 69.59
  1. awidowed, separated, divorced bAmhara, Gurage, Oromo cMuslim, Catholic dnon government employee, self employee, student