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Table 1 Descriptive Characteristics of Young Married Women aged 15-24 years and association with lifetime experiences of violence, Rural Nepal, 2009

From: Women's Status and Violence against Young Married Women in Rural Nepal

  All women
(N = 1296)
Women with lifetime experiences of violence
(N = 673; 51.9%)
Women without lifetime experiences of violence
(N = 623; 48.1%)
  % n % n % n
Current age of women       
   15-17 6.1 79 6.1 41 6.1 38
   18-20 30.7 398 31.2 210 30.2 188
   21-24 63.2 819 62.7 422 63.7 397
Age at marriage***       
   10-14 7.0 91 8.5 57 5.5 34
   15-17 51.9 672 55.3 372 48.2 300
   18-24 41.1 533 36.3 244 46.4 289
Type of marriage       
   Arranged marriage 70.1 908 70.4 474 69.7 434
   Love marriage 29.9 388 29.6 199 30.3 189
Caste/ethnicity       
   Muslim 25.0 324 25.9 174 24.1 150
   Tamang 25.0 324 22.9 154 27.3 170
   Tharu 25.0 324 26.7 180 23.1 144
   Brahmin/Chhetri 25.0 324 24.5 165 25.5 159
Women's Education*       
   Illiterate 28.6 371 29.1 196 28.1 175
   Literate up to primary 51.2 664 53.6 361 48.6 303
   Secondary 16.4 212 14.6 98 18.3 114
   Higher secondary & above 3.8 49 2.7 18 5.0 31
Sex composition of children       
   Childless 27.2 352 26.4 178 27.9 174
   Only daughter 26.5 343 24.7 166 28.4 177
   At least one son 46.4 601 48.9 329 43.7 272
Women's occupation       
   Do not earn/housewife 78.6 1019 77.9 524 79.5 495
   Agriculture/daily wages/poultry farming 17.0 220 18.6 125 15.2 95
   Other employment (service/small business) 4.4 57 3.6 24 5.3 33
Inter spousal communication***       
   None 4.3 56 7.1 48 1.3 8
   Discussed 1-3 matters 9.2 119 10.8 73 7.4 46
   Discussed 4-7 matters 86.5 1121 82.0 552 91.3 569
Media exposure       
   No/rare 57.3 742 58.8 396 55.5 346
   Frequent 42.7 554 41.2 277 44.5 277
Women's attitude on 'Men are justified to beat their wives'*       
   Not accepting 12.4 161 10.5 71 14.4 90
   Partially accepting 77.9 1009 78.0 525 77.7 484
   Highly accepting 9.7 126 11.4 77 7.9 49
Women autonomy***       
   Low 25.0 324 28.7 193 21.0 131
   Medium 37.3 484 38.9 262 35.6 222
   High 37.7 488 32.4 218 43.3 270
Household wealth status       
   Poorest 19.3 250 18.9 127 19.7 123
   Poor 20.4 265 21.2 143 19.6 122
   Middle 20.0 259 19.9 134 20.1 125
   Rich 20.1 261 21.0 141 19.3 120
   Richest 20.1 261 19.0 128 21.3 133
  1. Chi-square test significant at * p ≤ 0.05, *** p ≤ 0.001