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Table 1 Distribution of sampled women by socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, Malawi DHS, 2015/16

From: Patterns and determinants of modern contraceptive use and intention to usecontraceptives among Malawian women of reproductive ages (15–49 years)

Variable N %
Predisposing factors
Age   
 15–19 5273 21.5
 20–24 5094 20.7
 25–29 3976 16.2
 30–34 3648 14.9
 35–39 2988 12.2
 40–44 2022 8.2
 45–49 1561 6.4
Ethnicity
 Chewa 7317 30.8
 Tumbuka 2612 11.0
 Lomwe 4453 18.7
 Tonga 942 4.0
 Yao 2782 11.7
 Sena 1153 4.8
 Nkhonde 335 1.4
 Ngoni 3085 13.0
 Mang’anja 569 2.4
 Nyanja 547 2.3
Religion
 Christian 21,685 88.4
 Moslem 2726 11.1
 Non-religious 123 0.5
Education level
 No education 2779 11.3
 Primary 15,028 61.2
 Secondary 6061 24.7
 Tertiary 694 2.8
Enabling factors
Wealth status
 Poor 8708 35.5
 Middle income 9405 38.3
 Rich 6449 26.3
Partner education level
 No education 1456 9.2
 Primary 8377 53.2
 Secondary 5008 31.8
 Tertiary 915 5.8
Place of residence
 Urban 5247 21.4
 Rural 19,315 78.6
Educated on family planning
 No 325 10.0
 Yes 2926 90.0
Region
 Northern region 4803 19.6
 Central region 8417 34.3
 Southern region 11,342 46.2
Need factors
Desire of children
 Both want same 8605 69.7
 Partner wants more 2540 20.6
 Partner wants fewer 1206 9.7
Ever terminated pregnancy
 No 22,102 90.0
 Yes 2460 10.0
Outcome variables
Contraceptive use
 No 9242 45.2
 Yes 11,194 54.8
Intention to use contraceptive
 No 4126 30.1
 Yes 9242 69.9
 Total 24,562 100