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Table 1 General characteristics of participants (n = 357)

From: Prevalence and associated factors influencing stunting in children aged 2–5 years in the Gaza Strip-Palestine: a cross-sectional study

Variables Frequency (n) Percent (%)
Geographical location
 Urban area 100 28.0
 Refugee camp 217 60.8
 Rural area 40 11.2
Child’s sex
 Boy 188 52.7
 Girl 169 47.3
Child’s age (month) Mean 39.58 ± 10.74
 24–35 153 42.9
 36–47 111 31.1
 48–60 93 26.0
Child’s birth order Mean 3.99 ± 2.34
 Mother’s age at child’s birth (year) Mean 30.80 ± 6.39
   > 30.0 111 31.1
  20–30 203 56.9
   < 20.0 43 12.0
Mother’s educational level
 Illiterate & Elementary 20 5.6
 Preparatory 118 33.1
 Secondary 140 39.2
 University Graduate 79 22.1
Mother’s job
 Employed mother 18 5.0
 Housewife 339 95.0
Father’s educational level
 Illiterate & Elementary 29 8.1
 Preparatory 100 28.0
 Secondary 95 26.6
 University Graduate 123 34.5
 Post graduate 10 2.8
Father’s job
 Working 275 77.0
 Not working 82 23.0
Household size Mean 6.50 ± 1.99
 Monthly income (Shekel)*
   > 1400 109 30.5
  1000–1400 107 30.0
   < 1400 141 39.5
Breastfeeding
 Yes 349 97.7
 No 8 2.3
Exclusive Breastfeeding*
 Yes 87 24.4
 No 270 75.6
Mother’s height (m) Mean 1.59 ± 0.06
  > 1.60 147 41.1
 1.55–1.60 128 35.9
  < 1.55 82 23.0
Consanguinity between parents
 Yes 138 38.7
 No 219 61.3
  1. *1$US = 3.9Shekel
  2. *Exclusive breastfeeding in the first six month