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Table 5 Distribution of help-seeking intention towards mental illness from traditional help source among resident 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

Variable Category Help-seeking intention from TFOH
Likely Unlikely COR AOR
Age 18–24 93 (38.6%) 148 (61.4%) Reference Reference
25–34 226 (48.8%) 237 (51.2%) 1.51 (1.10–2.08) 1.46 (1.02–2.09)*
35–44 81 (42%) 112 (58%) 1.15 (0.78–1.69) 1.03 (0.64–1.64)
> 44 22 (44%) 28 (46%) 1.25 (0.67–2.31) 1.28 (0.61–2.71)
Marital status Single 185 (43.4%) 241 (56.6%) Reference Reference
Married 185 (44.4%) 232 (55.6%) 1.04 (0.79–1.36) 1.06 (0.76–1.48)
Divorced 44 (51.8%) 41 (48.2%) 1.39 (0.87–2.23) 1.53 (0.89–2.62)
Widowed 8 (42.1%) 11 (57.9%) 0.94 (0.37–2.40) 1.21 (0.41–3.54)
Social support Poor 147 (39.2%) 228 (60.8%) Reference Reference
Moderate 192 (46.9%) 217 (53.1%) 1.37 (1.03–1.82) 1.41 (1.04–1.91)*
Strong 83 (50.9%) 80 (49.1%) 1.60 (1.11–2.33) 1.85 (1.24–2.75)**
From where you got the information? Mass media 42 (67.7%) 20 (32.3%) Reference Reference
Magazine 21 (50.0%) 21 (50.0%) 0.47 (0.21–1.06) 0.54 (0.23–1.26)
Health institution 70 (63.6%) 40 (36.4%) 0.83 (0.43–1.61) 0.91 (0.45–1.83)
Other people 169 (44.9%) 207 (55.1%) 0.38 (0.22–0.68) 0.37 (0.20–0.67)**
Religious and school 120 (33.6%) 237 (66.4%) 0.24 (0.13–0.43) 0.44 (0.12–1.53)
How severe do you think mental illness is? Mild 9 (37.5%) 15 (62.5%) Reference Reference
Moderate 21 (31.8%) 45 (68.2%) 0.77 (0.29–2.06) 0.65 (0.26–1.61)
Severe 130 (42.3%) 177 (57.7%) 1.22 (0.52–2.88) 0.43 (0.24–0.77)**
Very severe 262 (47.6%) 288 (52.4%) 1.51 (0.65–3.52) 0.73 (0.54–1.00)
Do you think mental illness require treatment? Yes 341 (44.1%) 432 (55.9%) 2.12 (1.62–2.78) 2.21 (0.73–6.66)
No 81 (46.6%) 93 (53.4%) Reference Reference
  1. TFOH traditional form of help
  2. *p-value < 0.05, **p-value < 0.01 *other people = informed by someone somewhere else