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Table 1 Distribution of live births, by selected characteristics and according to interbirth interval

From: Examining internal migration effects on short versus long interbirth intervals in Cotonou, Benin Republic

Variable N %/Mean (SD) Interbirth interval
< 24 months 24–60 months > 60 months
Overall 2852 100.0 19.2 64.8 16
Migration status ***
 Non-migrant 1053 36.9 18.5 62.9 18.6
 Migrant
   < 5 years in Cotonou 289 10.1 28.5 61.7 9.7
  5–10 years in Cotonou 497 17.4 17.9 69.2 12.9
   > 10 years in Cotonou 1014 35.5 17.9 65.5 16.6
Migrated for job or school reason(ns)
 Yes 358 12.5 20.7 64.1 15.3
 No 2494 87.5 19.0 64.9 16.1
Education ***
 No education 1110 38.9 21.3 64.7 14.0
 Primary 1001 35.1 18.8 65.8 15.4
 Secondary or higher 741 26.0 16.5 63.7 19.8
Employment **
 Employed 1732 60.7 17.6 65.9 16.6
 Unemployed 1121 39.3 21.7 63.2 15.2
Ideal number of children ***
 0–3 children 777 27.2 17.3 63.4 19.3
  > 3 children 2076 72.8 19.9 65.3 14.8
Modern contraceptive use (ns)
 User 416 14.6 18.4 68.4 13.2
 Non-user 2436 85.4 19.3 64.2 16.5
Religion *
 Muslim 438 15.4 22.7 63.5 13.8
 Non-Muslim 2414 84.6 18.5 65.0 16.4
Marital status ***
 Married 2446 85.7 17.9 66.0 16.1
 Unmarried 407 14.3 27.0 57.4 15.6
Had children of box sexes (ns)
 Yes 483 16.9 19.8 61.9 18.2
 No 2370 83.1 19.1 65.4 15.6
Maternal age at birth index(a)   24.0 (0.1) 24.3 (0.2) 23.9 (0.1) 23.7 (0.3)
Previous number of live births(a)   2.1 (0.0) 2.2 (0.1) 2.1 (0.0) 2.1 (0.1)
Previous number of child deaths(a)   0.1 (0.0) 0.2 (0.0) 0.1 (0.0) 0.1 (0.0)
  1. Note. % = percentage; SD = standard deviation; N = weighted number of observations; ns = non-significant; Chi-square statistic *** p < 0.01, ** p < 0.05, * p < 0.1; (a) Column means vary significantly at 5% significance level