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Table 1 Demographic and other characteristics of undergraduates (UGs)

From: Perceptions and intentions relating to seeking help for depression among medical undergraduates in Sri Lanka: a cross-sectional comparison with non-medical undergraduates

Variable Medical UGs (n = 620) Non-medical UGs (n = 4050)
f % f %
Demographic variables
Gender
 Male 267 43.1 1180 29.1
 Female 352 56.8 2867 70.8
Year of study
 1st year 144 23.2 1802 44.5
 2nd year 122 19.7 1120 27.7
 3rd year 124 20.0 714 17.6
 4th year 116 18.7 414 10.2
 5th year 114 18.4 NA NA
Age category
 18–20 years 34 5.5 481 11.9
 21–23 years 352 56.8 3003 74.1
 24 and above 233 37.6 559 13.8
Residence
 Home 170 27.4 1582 39.1
 Hostel 263 42.4 1139 28.1
 Rented place 155 25.0 1033 25.5
 Home of friend/relative 9 1.5 263 6.5
 Other 22 3.5 29 0.7
Religion
 Buddhist 518 83.5 3545 87.5
 Hindu 50 8.1 111 2.7
 Islamic 14 2.3 138 3.4
 Roman Catholic 27 4.4 188 4.6
 Other 9 1.5 64 1.6
Other variables
 Screening positive for Major Depressiona 58 10.2 343 9.2
  1. The percentages for variable categories do not sum to a total of 100 % due to missing responses
  2. aThe percentages have been calculated in relation to the valid responses for the PHQ-9 (only 1 missing item permitted) (medical UGs, n = 567; non-medical UGs, n = 3736)