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Table 1 Demographic and other characteristics of the undergraduate sample (n = 4671)

From: Quantifying and predicting depression literacy of undergraduates: a cross sectional study in Sri Lanka

Variables n %
Demographic variables
Gender   
Male 1447 31.0
Female 3220 68.9
Faculty   
Medicine 620 13.3
Arts and Educationa 1198 25.6
Law 616 13.2
Management and Finance 1025 21.9
Science 687 14.7
School of Computing 524 11.2
Year of Study   
1st year 1946 41.7
2nd year 1243 26.6
3rd year 838 17.9
4th year 530 11.3
5th year (Medicine)b 114 2.4
Age group (Mean = 22.17; SD = 1.46)   
18–20 years 515 11.0
21–23 years 3355 71.8
24 and above 793 17.0
Ethnicity   
Sinhala 4281 91.7
Tamil 193 4.1
Sri Lankan Moor 147 3.1
Other 46 1.0
Religion   
Buddhist 4064 87.0
Hindu 161 3.4
Islam 152 3.3
Roman Catholic 215 4.6
Other 73 1.6
Residence when going to University   
Home 1752 37.5
Hostel 1403 30.0
Rented place 1188 25.4
Home of friend or relative 272 5.8
Other 51 1.1
Other variables
Exposure to problem through family/friends   
No 1773 38.0
Yes 1695 36.3
Don’t know 1054 22.6
Personal experience of problem   
No 2525 54.1
Yes 1511 32.3
Don’t know 326 7.0
If problem personally experienced (responding as ‘Yes’ or ‘Don’t know), if help sought (n = 1767)   
Help not sought 683 38.7
Tried first but got help later 704 39.8
Help sought 380 21.5
Screening positive for Major Depression (n = 4304)   
No 3903 90.7
Yes 401 9.3
  1. aThose in the Faculty of Education were 5.6 % of this group
  2. bOnly those from the Faculty of Medicine had a 5th year of study
  3. Instances that the sum of participants do not equal the total number of respondents are due to missing data