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Table 1 Background characteristics by pregnancy status

From: Determinants of unintended pregnancies in rural Ghana

    Overall pregnancy status (%)
Demographic characteristics Sample size Percent of total sample size (%) Intended Mistimed Unwanted Unintended*
Age**
15-19 340 17.8 9.2 32.3 58.5 90.8
20-24 569 29.7 31.7 45.0 23.4 68.3
25-29 483 25.3 37.7 42.0 20.3 62.3
30-34 291 15.3 38.1 35.1 26.8 61.9
35-39 172 9.0 28.5 36.1 35.5 71.5
40+ 56 2.9 19.6 25.0 55.4 80.4
TOTAL 1914 100.0 29.6 39.1 31.4 70.4
Education level**
None 414 21.6 23.0 39.0 38.0 77.0
Primary 429 22.4 24.8 39.3 36.0 75.2
Middle/JSS 843 44.1 30.0 40.4 29.6 70.0
SSS/SHS/VOC 166 8.7 41.2 36.4 22.4 58.8
Tertiary 62 3.2 69.4 27.4 3.2 30.7
TOTAL 1,914 100.0 29.6 39.1 31.3 70.4
Religion**
Christian 1,783 93.2 29.3 39.0 31.7 70.7
Muslim 88 4.6 39.8 36.4 23.9 60.2
Traditionalist 10 0.5 20.0 60.0 20.0 80.0
Other 33 1.7 22.6 41.9 35.5 77.4
TOTAL 1,914 100.0 29.6 39.1 31.3 70.4
Gravidity**       
1 -2 1,025 53.8 31.8 36.7 31.5 68.2
3 -4 531 27.9 30.5 46.9 22.6 69.5
5+ 348 18.3 21.6 34.2 44.3 78.5
TOTAL 1,904^ 100.0 29.6 39.1 31.4 70.4
Parity**       
0 673 35.2 30.9 31.1 38.0 69.1
1 -2 772 40.3 34.1 46.3 19.6 65.9
3 -4 353 18.4 23.1 42.2 34.8 76.9
5+ 116 6.1 11.2 27.6 61.2 88.8
TOTAL 1,914 100.0 29.6 39.1 31.4 70.4
Marital Status**
Married by Ordinance (Church/mosque) 236 12.4 49.6 32.6 17.8 50.4
Married (Traditional) 857 44.8 29.3 42.1 28.6 70.7
Engaged 282 14.7 38.1 40.2 21.7 61.9
Cohabitation 267 14.0 24.2 45.3 30.6 75.9
Divorced/Sep/Widowed 8 0.4 0.0 62.5 37.5 100.0
Single 256 13.4 9.6 26.7 63.8 90.4
Other 6 0.3 0.0 20.0 80.0 100.0
TOTAL 1,912^ 100.0 29.6 39.1 31.3 70.4
Occupation**       
Fishmonger 318 16.6 21.5 38.6 39.9 78.5
Farmer 67 3.5 19.4 43.3 37.3 80.6
Petty trader 913 47.8 28.1 42.3 29.6 71.9
Civil/Public Servant 84 4.4 67.9 23.8 8.3 32.1
Student 124 6.5 9.8 30.9 59.4 90.2
Other 406 21.2 39.0 37.0 24.0 61.0
TOTAL 1,912^ 100.0 29.6 39.1 31.3 70.4
Area of residence**       
Saltpond 422 22.2 36.3 38.9 24.9 63.7
Biriwa 231 12.1 21.2 35.9 42.9 78.8
Anomabo 324 17.0 20.1 41.1 38.9 79.9
Mankessim 567 29.8 34.0 36.5 29.5 66.0
Other 358 18.8 28.8 43.6 27.7 71.2
TOTAL 1,902^ 100.0 29.6 39.1 31.3 70.4
Religious Denomination**       
Catholic 199 11.2 35.68 32.16 32.16 64.3
Protestant/Charis/pent 1,361 76.9 30.05 39.75 30.2 70.0
Muslim 81 4.6 43.21 39.51 17.28 56.8
Traditionalist 74 4.2 17.57 48.65 33.78 82.4
No/other religion 54 3.1 22.22 46.3 31.48 77.8
TOTAL 1,769^ 100.0 30.53 39.46 30.02 69.5
  1. *Unintended (mistimed + unwanted), (Pearson Chi2 Statistic - **p < 0.001), ^observed differences in total sample sizes (1914) are due to missing values.