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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of the sample, separated by vignette condition

From: An experimental study exploring the impact of vignette gender on the quality of university students’ mental health first aid for peers with symptoms of depression

  All (N = 483) Participant saw FV (N = 244) Participant saw MV (N = 239)
  N (%) N (%) N (%)
Age (mean, SD) 21.62 (±4.76) 21.42 (±3.85) 21.82 (±5.54)
Gender    
Male 126 (26.1) 57 (23.4) 69 (28.9)
Female 357 (73.9) 187 (76.6) 170 (71.1)
Type of degree    
“Clinically-relevant” degree 161 (33.3) 85 (34.8) 76 (31.8)
“Non-relevant” degree 320 (66.3) 158 (64.8) 162 (67.8)
Level of education    
Undergraduate 436 (90.3) 217 (88.9) 219 (91.6)
Postgraduate 46 (9.5) 26 (10.7) 20 (8.4)
Origin    
Home (UK) student 393 (81.4) 197 (80.7) 196 (82)
EU or International student 88 (18.2) 46 (18.9) 42 (17.6)
Depressive symptomology (mean, SD) 7.25 (±6.21) 6.92 (±5.68) 7.59 (±6.70)
Threshold level of depression    
None 207 (42.9) 101 (41.4) 106 (44.4)
Mild 133 (27.5) 78 (32) 55 (23)
Moderate 72 (14.9) 34 (13.9) 38 (15.9)
Moderate-to-severe 41 (8.5) 22 (9) 19 (7.9)
Severe 30 (6.2) 9 (3.7) 21 (8.8)
Personal experience of mental health issue(s)    
Yes 273 (56.5) 137 (56.1) 136 (56.9)
No 180 (37.3) 93 (38.1) 87 (36.4)
Experience of family member/close friend with mental health issue(s)    
Yes 295 (61.1) 148 (60.7) 147 (61.5)
No 129 (26.7) 68 (27.9) 61 (25.5)
Exposure to mental health media/campaigns in past twelve months    
Yes 280 (58) 143 (58.6) 137 (57.3)
No 121 (25.1) 60 (24.6) 61 (25.5)
Personal stigma towards depression (mean, SD) 8.84 (±5.65) 9.31 (±5.65) 8.36 (±5.61)
Perceived public stigma towards depression (mean, SD) 20.67 (±5.34) 20.52 (±5.09) 20.83 (±5.59)
  1. NB: FV = Female vignette; MV = Male vignette. Numbers do not add up to 100 % for some factors due to missing data