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Table 1 Description and measurements of variables used in the estimations

From: Socioeconomic determinants of use and choice of modern contraceptive methods in Ghana

Variables Description and measurement
Modern contraceptive use Current method of contraception: 1 = modern method, 0 = no method or traditional method (such as rhythm/periodic abstinence, withdrawal, “folk” method like herbs). The users of the traditional methods accounted for just 6% of the nonusers of modern methods in both the men’s and women’s samples
Modern contraceptive choice Choice of modern method of contraception: 1 = short-acting contraceptives (jelly/foam, diaphragm, pill, or condom), 2 = long-acting reversible contraceptives (implants, intrauterine device, or injection), 3 = permanent/other methods (sterilisation or others)
Age Respondent’s age: in years
Age squared Age squared
Health insured Health insurance status: 1 = insured, 0 = uninsured
Marital status Marital status: 0 = unmarried; 1 = in monogamous union; 2 = in polygamous union
HIV tested HIV testing status: 1 = ever tested, otherwise 0
Early sex Age at first sex (early sex): 1 = below 17 years, 0 = 17 years plus
Urban Place of residence: 1 = urban, 0 = rural
Wealth quintile Wealth status: 1 = poorest, 2 = poorer, 3 = average, 4 = rich, 5 = richest+
Education Educational attainment: 0 = no formal education, 1 = basic education, 2 = secondary education, 3 = tertiary education +
Religion Religious affiliation: 0 = no religion+, 1 = Catholic, 2 = Charismatic, 3 = other Christianity, 4 = Islam, 5 = Traditional
Region Administrative region: 1 = Western, 2 = Central, 3 = Greater Accra+, 4 = Volta, 5 = Eastern, 6 = Ashanti, 7 = Brong Ahafo, 8 = Northern, 9 = Upper East, 10 = Upper West
  1. Sample weights and clusters applied in the mean and standard error estimations, (+) represents the reference category