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Table 1 Population Characteristics

From: Maternal and child health in Yushu, Qinghai Province, China

Characteristic N %
Age in Years (mean/SD) 30.1 8.8
Ethnicity   
   Tibetan from Kham region 3921 100
Religious affiliation   
   Buddhist 4012 100
Age of marriage (mean 22.5, sd 3.7)   
   <18 21 9
   18-24 138 60
   25-29 60 26
   > = 30 10 4
Marital Status   
   Married 232 60
   Single, never married 91 24
   Single with children 51 13
   Divorced, widowed or separated 10 4
School Completion Rates   
   Primary 53 13
   Secondary 6 1
Maternal Literacy   
   Unable to read at all 252 63
   Reading with difficulty 75 19
   Reading easily 8 2
Women's Occupation   
   Nomad 213 53
   Farmer 66 17
   Housewife 63 16
   Nomad and farmer 49 12
   Other 10 2
Husband's Occupation   
   Nomad 90 39
   Farmer 64 28
   Driver 34 15
   Logger 8 3
   Business 7 3
   Other 25 11
Primary Sources of Household Income   
   Caterpillar fungus3 234 59
   Sale of animals 29 7
   Animal products 19 5
   Husband's income 20 5
   Temporary contracts 6 2
   Other 87 23
  1. 110 missing; 21 missing; 3Caterpillar fungus is a highly valued traditional Tibetan medicine harvested from the Tibetan Plateau and is an important source of income for the population.