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Table 3 Mean total percentage scores and levels of knowledge and perception about FGM/C among university students (n = 502)

From: Determinants of disagreement with female genital mutilation/cutting of future daughters and awareness of the ban among Egyptian university students

  Mean total percentage score of knowledgeMean total percentage score of perceptionLevel of knowledge n (%)Level of perception n (%)
CharacteristicNamean (SD)mean (SD)PoorAverageGoodNegativeNeutralPositive
Total50166.3 (23.9)72.9 (16.2)68 (13.6)338 (67.5)95 (19.0)46 (9.2)217 (43.3)238 (47.5)
Faculty
 Non-medical29063.2 (23.9)71.6 (15.3)48 (16.6)201 (69.3)41 (14.1)25 (8.6)142 (49.0)123 (42.4)
 Medical21170.5 (23.1)74.7 (17.3)20 (9.5)137 (64.5)54 (25.6)21 (10.0)75 (35.5)115 (54.5)
Statisticb2.1093.04113.3009.072
p-value0.0010.0320.0010.011
Gender
 Males27065.9 (24.9)70.8 (15.8)43 (15.9)171 (63.3)56 (20.7)26 (9.6)136 (50.4)108 (40.0)
 Females22966.5 (22.5)75.4 (16.4)25 (10.9)166 (72.5)38 (16.6)20 (8.7)80 (34.9)129 (56.3)
Statisticb4.6170.2074.95013.887
p-value0.7950.0020.0840.001
Residence
 Rural29265.3 (23.7)70.7 (16.9)40 (13.7)202 (69.2)50 (17.1)37 (12.7)131 (44.9)124 (42.5)
 Urban20967.9 (24.1)75.9 (14.7)28 (13.4)136 (65.1)45 (21.5)9 (4.3)86 (41.1)114 (54.5)
Statisticb0.0086.9061.56113.413
p-value0.297< 0.0010.4580.001
Mother’s education
 Completed secondary or higher23569.7 (23.5)74.9 (16.4)24 (10.2)155 (66.0)56 (23.8)19 (8.1)89 (37.9)127 (54.0)
 Other26563.5 (23.5)71.2 (15.9)43 (16.2)183 (69.1)39 (14.7)27 (10.2)127 (47.9)111 (41.9)
Statisticb1.2260.2688.9827.379
p-value0.0030.0100.0110.025
Father’s education
 Completed secondary or higher26568.2 (24.3)74.4 (16.9)31 (11.7)173 (65.3)61 (23.0)21 (7.9)106 (40.0)138 (52.1)
 Other23263.7 (23.2)71.3 (15.4)37 (15.9)163 (70.3)32 (13.8)25 (10.8)109 (47.0)98 (42.2)
Statisticb0.0173.7787.7135.000
p-value0.0350.0320.0210.082
  1. FGM/C Female genital mutilation/cutting
  2. a Some variables had missing values
  3. b F statistic for Independent Samples t-test and χ2 statistic for Chi-squared test