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Table 1 Prevalence of Child Low Birth Weight among adolescent and non-adolescent mothers by maternal characteristics (N = 6386)

From: A comparative analysis of determinants of low birth weight and stunting among under five children of adolescent and non-adolescent mothers using 2015/16 Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey (TDHS)

Variable Adolescent mothers (15–19 years.) Non-Adolescent mothers (20+ years.)
N LBW children n (%) N LBW children n (%)
Overall 459 66 (14.3) 5927 376 (6.3)
Level of education
 No education 34 7 (19.1) 831 59 (7.1)
 Primary education 354 52 (14.9) 3867 241 (6.2)
 Secondary education or higher 71 7 (0.9) 1229 76 (6.2)
Wealth quintile
 Low SES 275 40 (14.4) 3016 186 (6.2)
 High SES 184 26 (14.1) 2911 190 (6.5)
Place of residence
 Urban 148 23 (15.5) 2255 156 (6.9)
 Rural 311 43 (13.7) 3672 220 (6.0)
Marital status
 Never married 128 19 (14.9) 330 25 (7.6)
 Married or living together 287 37 (12.9) 4842 279 (5.8)
 Divorced/ Separated/ Widowed 44 10 (22.0) 755 72 (9.5)
Maternal BMIa
 Undernutrition 43 11 (23.9) 309 33 (10.4)
 Normal 363 46 (12.7) 3646 232 (6.4)
 Overweight or obese 53 9 (18.0) 1936 110 (5.7)
ANC visits
 Ever attended 200 31 (15.7) 1837 124 (6.7)
 Attended at least four visits 218 31 (14.3) 2500 106 (4.3)
  1. SES Socio-economic status, BMI Body Mass Index, ANC Antenatal care, LBW Low Birth Weight
  2. N Total number of children with birth weight data, n Number of children with Low Birth Weight
  3. 36 Non-adolescent women had missing height or weight measurement