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Table 1 Demographic and other characteristics of undergraduates who indicated their personal help-seeking intentions (n = 4461)

From: Predicting intentions to seek help for depression among undergraduates in Sri Lanka

Variables n %
Gender
 Male 1358 30.4
 Female 3099 69.5
Faculty
 Medicine 581 13.0
 Arts and Education 1146 25.7
 Law 601 13.5
 Management and Finance 993 22.3
 Science 638 14.3
 School of Computing 501 11.2
Year of Study
 1st year 1845 41.4
 2nd year 1188 26.6
 3rd year 802 18.0
 4th year 516 11.6
 5th year (Medicine)a 110 2.5
Age group (Mean = 22.18; SD = 1.47)
 18–20 years 486 10.9
 21–23 years 3199 71.7
 24 and above 771 17.3
Ethnicity
 Sinhala 4096 91.8
 Tamil 176 3.9
 Sri Lankan Moor 140 3.1
 Other 45 1.0
Religion
 Buddhism 3889 87.2
 Hinduism 145 3.3
 Islam 144 3.2
 Roman Catholicism 206 4.6
 Other 71 1.6
Residence when going to University
 Home 1684 37.7
 Hostel 1340 30.0
 Rented place 1125 25.2
 Home of friend or relative 258 5.8
 Other 50 1.1
Screening positive for Major Depressionb (n = 4123)
 No 3747 90.9
 Yes 376 9.1
Exposure to problem through family/ friends   
 No 1700 38.1
 Yes 1651 37.0
 Don’t know 982 22.0
Personal experience of problem   
 No 2409 54.0
 Yes 1463 32.8
 Don’t know 308 6.9
If problem personally experienced (responding as ‘Yes’ or ‘Don’t know), if help sought (n = 1771)
 Help not sought 658 37.2
 Tried first but got help later 683 38.6
 Help sought 364 20.6
  1. Notes
  2. aOnly the Faculty of Medicine has a 5th year of study
  3. bOnly responses which had ≤ 1 missing response on the PHQ-9 were considered valid for this variable
  4. Percentages do not total to 100% due to missing values