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Table 1 Education, socio-demographic characteristics and FGM/C (n = 15,228)

From: Do educated women in Sierra Leone support discontinuation of female genital mutilation/cutting? Evidence from the 2013 Demographic and Health Survey

Variable Weighted (n) Percentage (%) FGM X2, p-value
    Continued (%) Discontinued (%)  
Education      
No education 8597 56.5 84.4 15.6 172.3, p < 0.001
Primary 2116 13.9 77.0 23.0  
Secondary 4067 26.7 58.7 41.3  
Higher 448 2.9 34.5 65.5  
Age      424.4, p < 0.001
15–19 3426 22.5 65.0 35.0  
20–24 2446 16.1 69.4 30.6  
25–29 2603 17.1 75.0 25.0  
30–34 2123 13.9 79.7 20.3  
35–39 2097 13.8 81.1 18.9  
40–44 1275 8.4 83.5 16.5  
45–49 1258 8.2 85.8 14.2  
Religion      858.1, p < 0.001
Islam 11,997 78.8 80.3 19.7  
Christianity 3185 20.9 55.5 44.5  
Other 37 0.2 82.1 17.9  
None 9 0.1 100 0.0  
FGM required by religion     271.6, p < 0.001
Yes 8917 58.6 90.6 9.4  
No 5051 33.2 47.8 52.2  
Don’t know 1260 8.2 69.6 30.4  
Wealth      875.3, p < 0.001
Poorest 2875 18.9 85.1 14.9  
Poorer 2767 18.2 82.3 17.7  
Middle 2895 19.0 81.2 18.8  
Richer 3063 20.1 73.8 26.2  
Richest 3628 23.8 57.1 42.9  
Marital status      786.4, p < 0.001
Never in union 4212 27.7 59.3 40.7  
Currently in union 10,085 66.2 81.2 18.8  
Formerly in union 931 6.1 80.1 19.9  
Residential status      542.6, p < 0.001
Urban 5387 35.4 64.9 35.1  
Rural 9841 64.6 81.6 18.4  
Daughters at home     422.8, p < 0.001
0 7930 52.1 68.3 31.7  
1 4269 28.0 80.0 20.0  
2 2097 13.8 84.5 15.5  
3 735 4.8 87.0 13.0  
4 159 1.0 89.0 11.0  
5 or more 38 0.3 84.2 15.8  
Circumcised      201.9, p < 0.001
No 1467 9.6 39.8 60.2  
Yes 13,761 90.4 78.6 21.4  
Social acceptance of FGM/C     301.2, p < 0.001
No 7018 46.1 58.0 42.0  
Yes 8210 53.9 89.1 10.9  
Region      807.6, p < 0.001
Eastern 3388 22.3 78.4 21.6  
Northern 5774 37.9 79.3 20.7  
Southern 3132 20.6 79.9 20.1  
Western 2934 19.3 52.1 47.9  
  1. Source: 2013 SLDHS