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Table 1 General characteristics of children who participated in the study (n = 340)

From: A tale of two communities: intestinal polyparasitism among Orang Asli and Malay communities in rural Terengganu, Malaysia

Characteristics Orang Asli Malay Overall
n (%) n (%) n (%)
No. of participants 165 (48.5) 175 (51.5) 340 (100.0)
Age groups (years)
  ≤ 5 51 (30.9) 45 (25.7) 96 (28.2)
 6–10 64 (38.8) 81 (46.3) 145 (42.6)
  > 10 50 (30.3) 49 (28.0) 99 (29.2)
Gender
 Boys 88 (53.3) 76 (43.4) 164 (48.2)
 Girls 77 (46.7) 99 (56.6) 176 (51.8)
Socioeconomic status
Father’s education level
 Never went to school 84 (50.9) 4 (2.3) 88 (25.9)
 Primary education 63 (38.2) 72 (41.1) 135 (39.7)
 Secondary education 18 (10.9) 99 (56.6) 117 (34.4)
Mother’s education level
 Never went to school 69 (41.8) 3 (1.7) 72 (21.2)
 Primary education 82 (49.7) 93 (53.1) 175 (51.5)
 Secondary education 14 (8.5) 79 (45.1) 93 (27.4)
Low monthly household income (< RM500) 106 (64.2) 34 (19.4) 140 (41.2)
 Working fathers 39 (23.6) 135 (77.1) 174 (51.2)
 Working mothers 29 (17.6) 41 (23.4) 70 (20.6)
Large family size (≥7 members) 58 (35.2) 89 (50.9) 147 (43.2)
Piped water supply 91 (55.2) 175 (100.0) 266 (78.2)
Electricity 83 (50.3) 175 (100.0) 258 (75.9)
Presence of toilet in house 36 (21.8) 175 (100.0) 211 (62.1)
  1. Abbreviations: All values are number (%). RM Malaysian Ringgit; (US$ 1 = RM 4.20)