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Table 1 Prevalence of unintended pregnancy among Ghanaian women by socio-demographic characteristics (N = 4294)

From: Prevalence and correlates of unintended pregnancy in Ghana: Analysis of 2014 Ghana Demographic and Health Survey

Socio-demographic Characteristics N Percentage (%) Unintended Pregnancy n (%)
Age cohort
 15–19 183 4.3 126 (69.4)
 20–24 740 17.2 313 (42.8)
 25–29 1058 24.6 263 (25.1)
 30–34 968 22.5 211 (22.2)
 35–39 789 18.4 177 (22.8)
 40–44 409 9.5 118 (29.5)
 45–49 147 3.4 36 (24.8)
Wealth status
 Poor 2241 52.2 620 (28.1)
 Middle 812 18.9 312 (39.7)
 Rich 1241 28.9 312 (25.6)
Highest education level
 No education 1419 33.1 267 (19.0)
 Primary/JHS 869 20.2 284 (33.4)
 Secondary/SHS 1837 42.8 658 (36.3)
 Higher/tertiary 169 3.9 35 (20.9)
Religion
 Christianity 3085 71.8 1011 (33.3)
 Islam 885 20.6 156 (17.7)
 Traditionalist 154 3.6 25 (16.4)
 No Religion 170 4.0 52 (31.1)
Marital status
 Never married 3041 32.4 231 (63.6)
 Married 4243 45.2 595 (21.2)
 Cohabiting 1213 12.9 336 (40.5)
 Separated 370 3.9 77 (50.0)
 Divorced 260 2.8 18 (27.3)
 Widowed 269 2.9 13 (16.3)
Residential status
 Rural 2516 58.6 733 (29.5)
 Urban 1778 41.4 511 (29.2)
Occupation
 Not working 759 17.7 299 (40.0)
 Primary 1316 30.7 313 (24.2)
 Secondary 557 13.0 147 (26.9)
 Tertiary 1654 38.6 483 (29.7)
Parity
 1–4 1183 27.6 373 (32.1)
 4+ 3111 72.5 871 (28.4)
Contraceptive use and intention
Using modern method 1101 25.6 362 (32.9)
Using traditional method 145 3.4 46 (31.7)
Intends to use later 1511 35.2 490 (32.4)
Does not intend to use 1537 35.8 372 (24.2)
Decider for contraceptive use
 Respondent alone 378 26.8 80 (29.3)
 Husband alone 151 10.7 25 (24.0)
 Joint decision 879 62.3 198 (29.9)
 Other 4 0.3 1 (50.0)
  1. Source: Computed from 2014 GDHS dataset