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Table 3 Comparison of characteristics of food secure and insecure adolescents in food-insecure households

From: Adolescent food insecurity in rural Sindh, Pakistan: a cross-sectional survey

VariablesFood secure adolescents
N = 36
N (%)
Mean ± SD
Food insecure adolescents
N = 273
N (%)
Mean ± SD
P-value
Age of the adolescent13.5 ± 2.513.1 ± 2.40.37
Father’s years of schooling
 No schooling21 (58.3)143 (52.4)0.62
  < 10 years6 (16.7)65 (23.8) 
  ≥ 10 years9 (25.0)65 (23.8) 
Mother’s years of schooling
 Illiterate29 (80.6)250 (91.6)0.03
 Literate7 (19.4)23 (8.4) 
Wealth tertiles
 Low13 (36.1)133 (48.7)0.11
 Middle16 (44.4)106 (38.8) 
 high7 (19.4)34 (12.5) 
 Total number of siblings5.2 ± 2.25.6 ± 2.30.37
Gender
 Male14 (38.9)179 (65.6)< 0.01
 Female22 (61.1)94 (34.4) 
  1. Chi-square test was used to compare the characteristics