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Table 4 Distribution of help-seeking intention for mental illness from health workers among residents of Mertule Mariam town East Gojam Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia, 2017

From: Help-seeking intention and associated factors towards mental illness among residents of Mertule Mariam town, East Gojam Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia: a mixed-method study

Variables Category Help-seeking intention from HW
Likely Unlikely COR AOR
Age 18–24 194 (80.5%) 47 (19.5%)  Reference  Reference
25–34 379 (81.9%) 84 (18.1%) 1.09 (0.73– 1.62) 1.31 (0.8–2.06)
35–44 158 (81.9%) 35 (18.1%) 1.09 (0.67–1.77) 1.67 (0.9–3.0)
> 44 41 (82%) 9 (18%) 1.10 (0.50–2.43) 2.27 (0.88–5.85)
Marital status Single 360 (84.5%) 66 (15.5%) Reference Reference
Married 325 (77.9%) 92 (22.1%) 0.64 (0.45–0.92) 0.48 (0.32–0.74)**
Divorced 73 (85.9%) 12 (14.1%) 1.11 (0.57–2.16) 0.87 (0.41–1.82)
Widowed 14 (73.7%) 5 (26.3%) 0.51 (0.18–1.47) 0.37 (0.11–1.28)
Social support Poor 290 (77.3%) 85 (22.7%) Reference  Reference
Moderate 349 (85.3%) 60 (14.7%) 1.70 (1.18–2.45) 1.85 (1.25–2.72)**
Strong 133 (81.6%) 30 (18.4%) 1.29 (0.81–2.37) 1.45 (0.88–2.37)
Source of information about mental illness Mass media 56 (90.3%) 6 (9.7%) Reference  Reference
Magazine 34 (81.0%) 8 (19.0%) 0.45 (0.14–1.42) 0.41 (0.12–1.38)
Health institution 98 (89.1%) 12 (10.9%) 0.87 (0.31–2.46) 0.79 (0.27–2.33)
Other people 313 (83.2%) 63 (16.8%) 0.53 (0.22–1.28) 0.48 (0.19–1.22)
Religious and school 271 (75.9%) 86 (24.1%) 0.33 (0.14–0.81) 1.02 (0.24–4.23)
Perceived severity of mental illness Mild 15 (62.5%) 9 (37.5%) Reference Reference
Moderate 56 (84.8%) 10 (15.2%) 3.36 (1.15–9.75) 0.35 (0.13–1.09)
Severe 251 (81.8%) 56 (18.2%) 2.68 (1.12–6.45) 1.09 (0.51–2.30)
Very severe 450 (81.8%) 100 (18.2%) 2.7 (1.15–6.34) 0.97 (0.66–1.42)
Do you think mental illness requires treatment? Yes 629 (81.4%) 144 (18.6%) 1.88 (1.35–2.62) 3.42 (1.11–10.55)*
No 143 (82.2%) 31 (17.8%) Reference Reference
  1. HW health worker
  2. *p-value < 0.05, **p-value < 0.01 *other people = informed by someone somewhere else