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Table 1 Percentage distribution of women and experience of sexual coercion by a husband (N = 1536)

From: Sexual coercion of married women in Nepal

Characteristics % of women % who experienced sexual coercion Total Number
Age of women   ns  
15-24 27.1 56.4 417
25-34 38.6 60.0 593
35+ 34.2 58.0 526
Literacy status of women   ***  
Illiterate 47.1 63.8 723
Literate 52.9 53.5 813
Number of children ever born   ns  
None/one 24.4 58.1 375
2-3 children 47.3 56.8 727
4 or more children 28.3 61.1 434
Type of marriage   ns  
Arranged marriage 71.2 57.0 1094
Love marriage 28.8 61.5 442
Husband-wife age differences   *  
No difference/older than husband 8.8 65.9 135
Husband is 1-5 years older 58.9 55.8 905
Husband is more than 5 years older 32.3 60.9 496
Saving and credit group   ns  
No involvement in the such group 49.8 59.9 765
Involvement in saving/credit group 50.2 56.8 771
Women's earning   *  
No involvement in earning 75.0 56.8 1152
Involvement in earning 25.0 63.0 384
Support from maternal family   ns  
No 17.4 61.4 267
Yes 82.6 57.7 1269
Decision making for own health care   ***  
Fathers/Mothers-in-law 33.2 65.1 510
Respondents alone 45.9 57.4 705
Jointly with husband 20.9 49.5 321
Education of husband   ***  
Illiterate 16.1 61.7 248
Primary education 29.8 65.9 458
Some secondary education and above 54.0 53.1 830
Husband's occupation   ***  
Public/Business sectors 20.4 46.0 313
Agriculture 37.7 61.5 579
Daily wage/Labor 41.9 61.5 644
Alcohol Consumption by husband   ***  
No 49.5 52.1 760
Yes 50.5 64.4 776
Male patriarchal control   ***  
No control 37.6 42.9 578
Low control (1-2 issues) 46.3 61.2 711
High control (3-7 issues) 16.1 86.2 247
Women's perceived degree of power in relationship   ***  
High power 16.0 51.0 245
Medium (1-3) 45.6 55.2 701
Low power (4-6) 38.4 65.1 590
Total 100.0 58.3 1536
  1. Note: *** Chi-squared statistic significant at <0.001 ** = p < 0.01 * = p < 0.05, ns = not significant