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Table 2 Prevalence of child stunting among adolescent and non-adolescent mothers by maternal characteristics (N = 8852)

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 yrs) Non-Adolescent mothers (20+ yrs)
N Stunted children n (%) N Stunted children n (%)
Overall 600 183 (30.6) 8252 2820 (34.2)
Level of education
 No education 79 30 (38.0) 1820 709 (38.9)
 Primary education 455 139 (30.6) 5258 1839 (35.0)
 Secondary education or higher 66 14 (21.5) 1174 272 (23.2)
Wealth quintile
 Low SES 419 137 (32.8) 5403 2124 (39.3)
 High SES 181 46 (25.4) 2849 695 (24.4)
Place of residence
 Urban 141 36 (25.8) 2148 532 (24.8)
 Rural 459 147 (32.0) 6104 2287 (37.5)
Marital status
 Never married 141 38 (26.9) 333 107 (32.2)
 Married or living together 416 134 (32.3) 7041 2367 (33.6)
 Divorced/ Separated/ Widowed 43 11 (25.8) 878 345 (39.4)
Nutrition Status (BMI)
 Undernutrition 54 16 (30.0) 552 220 (39.9)
 Normal 481 145 (30.2) 5528 2024 (36.6)
 Overweight or obese 65 22 (34.3) 2155 573 (26.6)
ANC visits
 Ever attended 284 81 (28.7) 2914 989 (33.9)
 Attended at least four visits 260 76 (29.1) 3001 913 (30.4)
  1. SES Socio-economic status, BMI Body Mass Index, ANC Antenatal care, N Total number of children with anthropometric measurement, n Number of stunted children
  2. 17 Non- adolescent mothers have missing height or weight measurements