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Table 1 Demographic/personal characteristics and behavioral variables of students participated in the study (n = 1259)

From: Application of group smoothly clipped absolute deviation method in identifying correlates of psychiatric distress among college students

Variablen (%)Variablen (%)
Sex Optimistic about the future 
 Male494 (39.24) Yes998 (79.27)
 Female765 (60.76) No261 (20.73)
Age group Having a boy/girlfriend 
 18–21553 (43.92) Yes651 (51.71)
 22–25550 (43.69) No608 (48.29)
 26–29112 (8.90)Having an emotional breakup 
 ≥ 3044 (3.49) Yes420 (33.36)
Marital status  No839 (66.64)
 Never married1052 (83.56)Having homosexual intercourse 
 Married164 (13.03) Yes100 (7.94)
 Divorced43 (3.41) No1159 (92.06)
City Having heterosexual intercourse 
 Hometown382 (30.34) Yes166 (13.19)
 Surrounding towns396 (31.45) No1093 (86.81)
 Towns of other provinces481 (38.21)Smoking during the previous month 
Residence  Yes158 (12.55)
 Dormitory889 (70.61) No1101 (87.45)
 Parents’ house370 (29.39)Number of cigarettes per day 
Birth order  Non-smoker1064 (84.51)
 1445 (35.35) 1–9162 (12.87)
 2397 (31.53) ≥ 1033 (2.62)
 3228 (18.11)Substance abuse ever 
 ≥ 4189 (15.01) Yes124 (9.85)
Father’s educational level  No1135 (90.15)
 Diploma592 (47.02)Substance abuse previous month 
 BSc436 (34.63) Yes85 (6.75)
 MSc166 (13.19) No1174 (93.25)
 MD65 (5.16)Substance abuse previous year 
Mother’s educational level  Yes52 (4.13)
 Diploma805 (63.94) No1207 (95.87)
 BSc313 (24.86)Having suicidal thoughts ever 
 MSc108 (8.58) Yes204 (16.20)
 MD33 (2.62) No1055 (83.80)
College (study field) Having suicidal thoughts previous month 
 Medicine366 (29.07) Yes94 (7.47)
 Dentistry103 (8.18) No1165 (92.53)
 Public health245 (19.46)Having suicidal thoughts previous year 
 Paramedical249 (19.78) Yes126 (10.00)
 Pharmacology83 (6.59) No1133 (90.00)
 Nursing/Midwifery162 (12.87)Having suicide attempt ever 
 Rehabilitation51 (4.05) Yes104 (8.26)
The average grade of the previous semester  No1155 (91.74)
 < 14176 (13.98)Having suicide attempt previous month 
 14–15.9955 (4.37) Yes49 (3.90)
 16–17.99359 (28.52) No1210 (96.10)
 ≥ 18669 (53.13)Having suicide attempt previous year 
Educational level  Yes47 (3.73)
 BSc599 (47.58) No1212 (96.27)
 MSc96 (7.63)Hours of using social networks per day 
 MD520 (41.30) 0157 (12.47)
 Ph.D.44 (3.49) 0.5–5794 (63.07)
Interest in the discipline  ≥ 6308 (24.46)
 Yes1030 (81.81)  
 No229 (18.19)