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Table 1 Distribution of socio-demographic factors of Dessie town residents, Ethiopia, 2020 (N = 477)

From: Knowledge, attitude, and associated factors towards mental illness among residents of Dessie town, northeast, Ethiopia, a cross-sectional study

Variable Categories Frequency Percent (%)
Age in years 18–24 81 17.0
25–34 173 36.3
35–44 134 28.1
> 44 89 18.6
Sex Male 257 53.9
Female 220 46.1
Marital status Married 284 59.5
Single 139 29.1
Widowed 33 6.9
Divorced 21 4.4
Ethinicity Amhara 470 98.5
Othera 7 1.5
Religion Muslim 358 75.1
Orthodox 97 20.3
Protestant 22 4.6
Level of education Unable to read and write 62 13.0
Primary school 73 15.3
Secondary school(9–12 grade) 112 23.5
College diploma 111 23.3
University degree and above 119 24.9
Occupation Government employee 122 25.6
Housewife 78 16.4
Merchant 160 33.5
Student 71 14.9
Othersb 46 9.6
Monthly income < 2166 ETB 209 43.8
> = 2166 268 56.2
  1. Othersa:-Oromo & Tigre, b:- Retired, NGOs & Farmer, ETB = Ethiopian birr