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Table 1 Background characteristics of respondents and role-players in abortion decision-making in the Accra Metropolis, Ghana

From: Role-players in abortion decision-making in the Accra Metropolis, Ghana

  Role-player   
  Personal Sexual partner Participant’s mother Other Total N
Knowledge of abortion law ( χ 2= 9.3528; p =0.155)     
Abortion is legal 40.5 45.9 48.5 21.1 43.1 173
Abortion is illegal 14.5 19.3 9.1 21.1 17 68
Don’t know 45 34.9 42.4 57.9 39.9 160
Educational level ( χ 2= 9.5561 p= 0.145)  
None/Primary 24.4 15.6 18.2 31.6 19.5 78
Middle/JSS 30.5 26.1 33.3 15.8 27.7 111
Secondary and Higher 45 58.3 48.5 52.6 52.9 212
Ethnicity ( χ 2  = 7.7461; p= 0.560)  
Akan 42.4 40.6 28.6 33.3 39.9 132
Ewe 17.0 20.0 32.1 20.0 19.9 66
Ga/Dangbme 28.0 21.2 28.6 33.3 24.8 82
Mole-Dagbani 12.7 18.2 10.7 13.3 15.4 51
Religion ( χ 2= 12.2573; p= 0.056)      
Christian 88.5 76.2 78.8 94.7 81.3 326
Moslem 11.4 22.0 18.2 5.3 17.5 70
Others - 1.8 3.0 - 1.3 5
Age group ( χ 2= 31.1048; p= 0.002)  
15-19 14.6 7.4 36.4 11.1 12.3 49
20-24 30 34.6 39.4 38.9 33.7 134
25-29 28.5 30 18.2 16.7 27.9 111
30-34 15.4 18.9 3 16.7 16.3 65
35+ 11.5 9.2 3 16.7 9.8 39
Occupation ( χ 2= 38.6934; p= 0.000)  
Unemployed 9.3 12.5 3.1 26.3 11.4 45
Self employed 50.4 32.9 25 21.1 37.4 148
Student/Apprentice 31 31.5 65.6 26.3 33.8 134
Other 9.3 23.1 6.2 26.3 17.4 69
Marital status ( χ 2= 9.8489; p= 0.131)  
Never married 49.6 46.3 71.9 57.9 50 199
Married/In union 40.5 45.4 25 42.1 42 167
Formerly married 9.9 8.3 3.1 0 8 32
Number of previous abortions ( χ 2= 20.2018; p= 0.017)  
None 30.4 17.9 35.5 22.2 23.4 88
One 41.7 60.4 41.9 61.1 53.2 200
Two 17.4 17.5 9.7 11.1 16.5 62
Three 10.4 4.2 12.9 5.6 6.9 26
Number of living children ( χ 2= 20.9092; p= 0.052)     
None 48.9 49.5 84.4 68.4 53 212
One 23.7 19.3 9.4 10.5 19.5 78
Two 16.8 14.7 3.1 10.5 14.2 57
Three 6.1 11 0 5.3 8.2 33
Four+ 4.6 5.5 3.1 5.3 5 20