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Table 3 Decision-making and administration of household affairs by age at first marriage

From: Early marriage and women’s empowerment: the case of child-brides in Amhara National Regional State, Ethiopia

  Age of first marriage Total
< 18 ≥18  
Administrator: Family possessions**** I, Myself N (%) 14 (3) 27 (3) 41 (3)
Husband N (%) 201 (45) 269 (32) 470 (37)
Together N (%) 229 (52) 538 (65) 767 (60)
Total N (%) 444 (100) 834 (100) 1278 (100)
Decision-maker: Major family matters**** I, Myself N (%) 9 (2) 24 (3) 33 (3)
Husband N (%) 103 (23) 107 (13) 210 (16)
Together N (%) 256 (58) 601 (72) 857 (67)
Inapplicable N (%) 76 (17) 102 (12) 178 (14)
Total N (%) 444 (100) 834 (100) 1278 (100)
Decision-maker: Buy groceries for family*** I, Myself N (%) 61 (14) 161 (19) 222 (17)
Husband N (%) 59 (13) 77 (9) 136 (10)
Together N (%) 251 (56) 497 (60) 748 (58)
Inapplicable N (%) 73 (16) 99 (12) 172 (14)
Total N (%) 444 (100) 834 (100) 1278 (100)
Decision Maker: Buy children’s clothing ** I, Myself N (%) 7 (2) 27 (3) 34 (3)
Husband N (%) 58 (13) 75 (9) 133 (10)
Together N (%) 178 (40) 384 (46) 562 (44)
Inapplicable N (%) 201 (45) 348 (42) 549 (43)
Total N (%) 444 (100) 834 (100) 1278 (100)
  1. Percent in cells is calculated within age at first marriage
  2. ****sig at α = .001; ***sig at α = .01; **sig at α = .05 (Source: Survey, 2017)