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Table 2 Socio-demographic characteristics of ever or currently married women, Nigeria 2003*

From: Geographical variations and contextual effects on age of initiation of sexual intercourse among women in Nigeria: a multilevel and spatial analysis

Measure/variable Weighted sample (percentage)
Dependent variable  
Early sexual debut (15 years or less)  
   Yes 2755 (48.4)
   No 2937 (51.6)
Individual characteristics  
Age (completed years)  
   15 – 24 1523 (26.8)
   25 – 34 2106 (37.0)
   35+ 2063 (36.2)
Education  
   No education 3044 (53.5)
   Primary 1266 (22.2)
   Secondary or higher 1381 (24.3)
Ethnicity  
   Hausa/Fulani 2387 (41.9)
   Igbo 582 (10.2)
   Yoruba 535 (9.4)
   Others 2168 (38.1)
Religion  
   Christian 2156 (37.9)
   Islam 3444 (60.5)
   Others 89 (1.6)
Community characteristics  
Type of residence  
   Rural 3907 (68.6)
   Urban 1785 (31.4)
Community ethnic diversity, Mean (SE) 3.7 (0.09)
Community median age of marriage, Mean (SE) 16.2 (0.11)
Community median spousal age gap, Mean (SE) 9.7 (0.08)
Geopolitical region  
   North-central 807 (14.2)
   North-east 1197 (21.2)
   North-west 1949 (34.2)
   South-east 396 (7.0)
   South-south 764 (13.4)
   South-west 579 (10.2)
  1. Abbreviation – SE – Standard Error
  2. Number of ethnic group in a community, represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different ethnic group
  3. *Data source – 2003 Nigerian Demographic and Survey. Sample size – 5531