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Table 1 Background characteristics and indicators of possible contamination for women interviewed in adjacent non-DSS and DSS villages and the women interviewed in all DSS villages, MDHS, 1994

From: The validity of birth and pregnancy histories in rural Bangladesh

Group of variables and indicator Place of residence
Non-DSS villages DSS villages
DSS villages adjacent to Non-DSS villages All DSS villages
Number of women 225 292 2703
Background characteristics
 Percent with no schooling 56.4 51.7 54.7
 Percent currently married 96.0 94.2 94.5
 Percent with age <30 years 55.5 41.5* 48.4
 Mean age 30.1 32.7* 31.2
 Mean years of schooling 2.10 2.41 2.23
 Mean parity 4.31 4.24 3.92
Indicators of possible contamination
 Maternal age heaping (percent of reported ages ending in 0 or 5) 16.9 20.5 19.6
 Percent of women who reported complete dates for all births 90.7 97.9* 98.3
 Heaping of birth intervals (percent of all intervals 12–48 months reported in multiples of 12) 14 (n = 616) 14 (n = 764) 15 (n = 6498)
  1. *p < 0.05 for the test of equality of means (percentages) in non-DSS and adjacent DSS villages