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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of the pregnant teenagers

From: A quantitative exploration of the sociocultural context of teenage pregnancy in Sri Lanka

Characteristic Frequency % distribution
Age in years   
14 4 0.9
15 5 1.1
16 32 7.1
17 89 19.8
18 166 36.9
19 154 34.2
Marital status at the time of interview   
Married 392 87.1
Living together 53 11.8
Single, never married 5 1.1
Ethnicity   
Sinhalese 344 76.4
Tamil 54 12.0
Moor 52 11.6
Religion   
Buddhism 343 76.2
Hinduism 50 11.1
Islam 52 11.6
Catholicism/Christianity 5 1.1
Educational level   
No formal education 6 1.3
Grade 1-5 16 3.6
Grade 6-10 171 38.0
GCE(O/L) or equivalent 237 52.7
GCE (A/L) or equivalent 20 4.4
Family income at the time of meeting partner   
Deficit 68 15.1
Break even 198 44.0
Surplus, able to save 184 40.9
Total 450 100