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Table 1 Percentage distribution of women of reproductive age by their attitude towards wife beating

From: Wife beating refusal among women of reproductive age in urban and rural Ethiopia

Variables Classification Rural Urban
Refuse wife beating Accept wife beating Refuse wife beating Accept wife beating
I II III IV
Region Afar 19.8 80.2 48.7 51.3
Amhara 21.3 78.7 37.4 62.6
Oromia 29.8 70.2 59.2 40.8
Somalia 13.3 86.7 23.0 77.0
Ben-Gumuz 32.6 67.4 53.8 46.2
SNNP 18.1 81.9 51.0 49.0
Gambella 29.2 70.8 42.9 57.1
Harari 21.1 78.9 53.3 46.7
Addis Ababa 76.1 23.9
Dire Dawa 27.8 72.2 62.0 38.0
Tigray 27.5 72.5 47.1 52.9
Level of education No Education 19.4 80.6 78.3 21.7
Primary 29.4 70.6 61.9 38.1
Secondary 49.5 50.5 52.0 48.0
Higher 79.9 20.1 35.1 64.9
Age 15–24 28.4 71.6 53.8 46.2
25–34 22.2 77.8 55.3 44.7
35–49 21.5 78.5 53.1 46.9
Access to media Not at all 21.1 78.9 23.8 76.2
Sometimes 24.0 76.0 50.5 49.5
Frequently 31.4 68.6 60.1 39.9
work status Not working 24.2 75.8 56.4 43.6
Family business 26.0 74.0 44.9 55.1
Employed 23.6 76.4 54.0 46.0
Marital Status Never married 35.5 64.5 57.8 42.2
Currently in Union 20.4 79.6 53.3 46.7
Ever married 26.7 73.3 45.9 54.1
Religion Orthodox 26.0 74.0 56.4 43.6
Protestant 20.4 79.6 52.3 47.7
Islam 26.2 73.8 48.6 51.4
Others 17.7 82.3 41.7 58.3
Number of living children None 32.6 67.4 57.0 43.0
1–2 23.0 77.0 56.2 43.8
3–4 19.5 80.5 48.2 51.8
5 and above 20.3 79.7 42.1 54.2
Household wealth Status Low 22.8 77.2 39.6 60.4
Medium 23.1 76.9 50.7 49.3
High 27.8 72.2 70.7 29.3
Total 24.5 75.5 54.2 45.8
  1. Source: computed by authors from EDHS 2011 Data set