Table 2

Mean number of children ever born to ever married women aged 15-49 and women aged 40-49 by demographic, socioeconomic, and cultural characteristics.

All women

Women aged 40-49


Mean CEB

SD

F-Value

Mean CEB

SD

F-Value


Age group

15-24

1.15

1.0

2797.9***

-

-

-

25-39

3.22

1.7

-

-

-

40-49

4.96

2.3

4.96

2.3

-


Age at first marriage

Less than 16 yrs

3.6

2.3

304.1***

5.3

2.5

30.9***

16 or more yrs

2.8

2.1

4.7

2.2


Perceived ideal Number of children

Up to 2

2.4

1.7

1744.3***

4.1

2.1

230.3***

3 or more

4.2

2.3

5.6

2.3


Place of residence

Urban

2.5

1.8

105.2***

3.8

2.0

79.7***

Rural

3.1

2.2

5.1

2.3


Ecological Zones

Mountain

3.3

2.4

5.5

2.6

Hill

2.9

2.1

11.2***

4.7

2.3

9.2***

Terai

3.1

2.2

5.1

2.3


Literacy status

Illiterate

3.7

2.3

1657.6***

5.2

2.3

99.5***

Literate

1.9

1.5

3.6

1.7


Occupation

Not working

2.2

1.8

4.2

2.1

Agricultural

3.3

2.3

173.4***

5.1

2.3

25.2***

Non-agricultural

2.6

1.9

4.4

2.4


Religion

Hindu

3.03

2.1

4.89

2.3

Muslim

3.52

2.7

8.9***

6.91

2.6

28.5***

Other

2.97

2.2

4.83

2.4


Mass media exposure

No exposure

3.9

2.5

5.7

2.4

One media (radio or TV) exposure

3.5

2.3

168.9***

5.3

2.4

28.3***

Both (radio & TV) exposure

2.7

2.0

4.7

2.2


Wealth Status

Poor/poorest

3.5

2.4

134.2***

5.6

2.4

64.9***

Middle

3.1

2.1

5.0

2.2

Rich/Richest

2.6

1.8

4.3

2.1


Knowledge about FP

Lower

3.3

2.3

168.5***

5.1

2.4

21.8***

Higher

2.7

1.9

4.6

2.2


Ever used of FP methods

Never used

2.5

2.4

278.2***

4.7

2.7

12.2***

Ever used

3.3

2.0

5.1

2.1


Experience of child death

No

2.7

1.5

3452.7***

4.0

1.8

579.6***

Yes

5.2

2.1

6.1

2.1


Household headship

Male headed

3.1

2.2

2.7

5.0

2.3

3.9*

Female headed

3.0

2.0

4.7

2.3


Total mean

3.0

2.2

5.0

2.3


Total N

8644

2007


Note *** Significant at P < 0.00, ** = p < 0.01 and * = p < 0.05; SD = Standard deviation

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