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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of the study participants

From: Socioeconomic and demographic determinants of birth weight in southern rural Ghana: evidence from Dodowa Health and Demographic Surveillance System

Characteristics Frequency a Proportion (%)
Age group
  < 20 769 11.35
 20–24 1592 23.49
 25–29 1841 27.17
 30–34 1411 20.82
 34+ 1164 17.18
Mean = 27.83 (SD = 6.97)   
Ethnicity
 Ga-Dangme 4949 73.03
 Akan 357 5.27
 Ewe 1054 15.55
 Northern 363 5.36
 Others 54 0.8
Religion
 Christianity 6190 91.34
 Islamic 411 6.06
 Traditional 102 1.51
 Others 74 1.05
Occupation
 Unemployed 1549 22.86
 Farmer 1160 17.12
 Artisan 842 12.42
 Trader 2045 30.18
 Civil Servant 109 1.61
 Student 941 13.89
 Others 131 1.93
Level of education
 No Education 1818 26.83
 Primary 2055 30.32
 Junior School Level 2344 34.59
 SHS and above 556 8.20
 Others 4 0.06
Marital status
 Single 1888 28.28
 Married 1338 20.04
 Separated/Divorced 129 1.93
 Cohabiting 3321 49.75
Parity
 Parity1 1802 26.59
 Parity2 1670 24.64
 Parity3 1284 18.95
 Parity3+ 2021 29.82
Socio economic status
 Poorest 1362 20.10
 Poorer 1349 19.91
 Poor 1356 20.01
 Less Poor 1355 19.99
 Least Poor 1355 19.99
  1. n = 6777; SD = Standard Deviation a number of respondents across some categories may not add up to 6777 due to missing data