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Table 1 Characteristics of the study participants (n = 286)

From: Prevalence and factors associated with depressive and anxiety symptoms among Palestinian medical students

Characteristic n %
Age (years)
  < 20 103 36.0
  ≥ 20 183 64.0
Gender
 Male 112 39.2
 Female 174 60.8
Place of residence (born and raised)   
 City 198 69.2
 Village 82 28.7
 Refugee camp 6 2.1
Place of current residence during study of medicine
 Family home 150 52.4
 Dormitory 136 47.6
Motives for studying medicine
 Personal motives 234 81.8
 Family motives 44 15.4
 Undeclared 8 2.8
If given a chance, would study medicine again?
 No 76 26.6
 Yes 210 73.4
Academic stage
 Basic (academic years 1–3) 162 56.6
 Clinical (academic years 4–6) 124 43.4
Grade Point Average (GPA) out of 4
  < 3 89 31.1
  > 3 197 68.9
Ever failed a subject during your study of medicine  
 No 213 74.5
 Yes 73 25.5
Mental health status (self-assessed on a Likert-scale of 1–5)
 1 19 6.6
 2 59 20.6
 3 89 31.1
 4 94 32.9
 5 25 8.7
Ever attempted suicide
 No 273 95.5
 Yes 13 4.5
Monthly household income (in US dollars)
 Low (<  850) 15 5.2
 Medium (850–1400) 90 31.5
High (>  1400) 181 63.3
Financial status (self-assessed on a Likert-scale of 1–5)
 1 4 1.4
 2 24 8.4
 3 96 33.6
 4 105 36.7
 5 57 19.9
Marital status
 Single 277 96.9
 Engaged/Married 9 3.1
Social life (self-assessed on a Likert-scale of 1–5)
 1 9 3.1
 2 33 11.5
 3 74 25.9
 4 96 33.6
 5 74 25.9
Religious commitment (self-assessed on a Likert-scale of 1–5)
 1 26 9.1
 2 41 14.3
 3 114 39.9
 4 96 33.6
 5 9 3.1