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Table 1 Socio-demographic and economic characteristics of school children and their parents in Robe District, southeast Ethiopia, 2015

From: Iodine deficiency and associated factors among school children: a cross-sectional study in Ethiopia

Characteristics Frequency Percent
Sex of the child
 Male 177 45.0
 Female 216 55.0
Age of the child (in years)
 6–9 223 46.7
 10–12 170 43.3
Religion
 Orthodox 181 46.1
 Muslim 198 50.4
 Othersa 14 3.5
Ethnicity
 Oromo 352 89.6
 Otherb 41 10.4
Mother’s education
 Illiterate 37 9.4
 Literate 356 90.6
Mother’s employment
 Employedc 92 23.4
 Housewife 198 50.4
 Daily laborer 47 12.0
 Merchant 56 14.2
Father’s education
 Illiterate 19 4.8
 Literate 374 95.2
Father’s employment
 Employedc 103 26.2
 Farmer 95 24.2
 Daily laborer 58 14.8
 Merchant 137 34.8
Household Size
 ≤5 110 28.0
 >5 283 72.0
Household monthly income (Eth. birr)
 <500 89 22.6
 500–1500 98 25.0
 ≥1500 206 52.4
  1. aProtestant and catholic
  2. bAmhara, Gurage, Wolayita, Tigre
  3. cGovernmental and nongovernmental employe