Table 1: Sociodemographic characteristics of the study participants in Dale Woreda, Sidama Zone, South Ethiopia, 2015 (n=604).

VariablesTotal (%)Forum membersForum non-membersPearson chi-squarep-value
Number (%)Number (%)

Age in years
< 2093(15.4)46(7.6)47(7.8)
21-25202(33.4)103(17.1)99(16.4)1.940.58
26-30138(22.8)73(12.1)65(10.8)
31-34106(17.5)47(7.8)59(9.8)
>3565(10.8)33(5.5)32(5.3)
Marital status
Married599(99.2)299(49.5)300(49.7)Fishers’ exact test1.0
Others5(0.8)3(0.5)2(0.3)
Religion
Protestant519(85.9)257(42.5)262(43.4)
Muslim49(8.1)27(4.5)22(3.6)0.680.87
Orthodox23(3.8)11(1.8)12(2.0)
Catholic13(2.2)7(1.2)6(1.0)
Ethnicity
Sidama579(95.9)285(47.2)294(48.70)Fishers’ exact test = 3.470.17
Amhara17(2.8)12(1.98)5(0.82)
Wolayita8(1.3)5(0.8)3(0.5)
Educational level
No91(15.1)41(6.8)50(8.3)
First cycle (1-4)186(30.8)81(13.4)105(17.4)9.930.019
Second cycle (5-8)280(46.4)149(24.7)131(21.7)
and above47(7.8)31(5.1)16(2.7)
Occupation
Housewife496(82.1)234(38.7)262(43.4)Fishers’ exact test = 8.94
Merchant103(17.1)65(10.8)38(6.3)0.007
Others5(0.8)3(0.5)2(0.3)
Family income
<500495(82.0)237(39.2)258(42.7)Fishers’ exact test = 5.040.078
501-1000103(17.0)61(10.1)42(7.0)
>10006(1.0)4(0.7)2(0.3)
Partner occupation
Farmer338(56.0)148(24.5)190(31.5)
Private employee30(5.0)15(2.5)15(2.5)17.630.001
Gov. employee15(2.5)13(2.2)2(0.3)
Merchant221(36.6)126(20.9)95(15.7)
Partner’s education
No42(6.9)20(3.3)22(3.6)
Read and write57(9.4)32(5.3)25(4.1)2.010.73
cycle (1-4)160(26.5)78(12.9)82(13.6)
cycle (5-8)243(40.2)117(19.4)126(20.8)
and above102(16.9)55(9.1)47(7.8)
Family size
≤ 4383(63.4)208(34.4)175(29.0)
5-6127(27.6)73(12.1)94(15.6)8.150.017
≥ 750(8.9)21(3.5)33(5.5)

Note.   single, widowed, and divorced, occupations like private and government employment.