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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristic of mothers of child bearing age in Serbo town Jimma Zone Southwest Ethiopia, 2017 (N = 314)

From: Suboptimal child spacing practice and its associated factors among women of child bearing age in Serbo town, JIMMA zone, Southwest Ethiopia

Variables Category Frequency Percent
Age of the mother 15–19 2 .6
20–24 32 10.2
25–29 109 34.7
30–34 78 24.8
35–39 59 18.8
> = 40 34 10.8
Marital status Married 292 93.0
Others * 22 7.0
Age at first marriage < 18 years 99 31.5
> = 18 years 215 68.5
Religion Orthodox 34 10.8
Protestant 34 10.8
Muslim 235 74.8
Others** 11 3.5
Ethnicity Oromo 266 84.7
Amhara 18 5.7
Gurhage 17 5.4
Tigray 6 1.9
Others **a 7 2.2
Education Illiterate 115 36.6
Read and write 37 11.8
Elementary 111 35.4
Secondary and above 51 16.2
Occupation Employ of government or NGO 43 13.7
House wife 209 66.6
Merchant 41 13.1
Others **b 21 6.7
Monthly income < 1000 birr (37 US dollar) 171 54.5
1000–1999 birr (37–74 $) 91 29.0
2000–2999 birr (74–111$) 37 11.8
≥ 3000 birr (≥112$) 15 4.8
  1. *others: single, Divorced & widowed. **others: Wakefata & Catholic. **a Others: Wolayita, Silte & Dawuro. **bothers: Farmer, Student and daily workers