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Table 2 Multivariate analysis of sociodemographic predictors of any mental disorder among first year university students in South Africa (n = 1402)

From: Prevalence and sociodemographic correlates of common mental disorders among first-year university students in post-apartheid South Africa: implications for a public mental health approach to student wellness

  Predictor Distribution in total sample % Any lifetime disorder aOR (95%CI) Any 12-month disorder aOR (95%CI) 12-month Prevalence among Lifetime Cases aOR (95%CI)
Gender (female) 55.2 1.58 (1.26–1.98)* 1.75 (1.38–2.22)* 1.70 (1.33–2.16)*
Population group (Black) 41.4 0.97 (0.77–1.23) 0.87 (0.68–1.12) 0.89 (0.69–1.15)
Age (21 years or older) 7.7 1.29 (0.86–1.93) 1.20 (0.79–1.84) 1.18 (0.77–1.82)
First generation student 19.7 1.01 (0.75–1.36) 1.08 (0.79–1.48) 1.09 (0.79–1.50)
Sexual orientation (Atypical) 22.2 1.65 (1.26–2.16)* 1.65 (1.25–2.18)* 1.60 (1.20–2.12)*
Disability 18.4 1.61 (1.22–2.12)* 1.56 (1.17–2.07)* 1.54 (1.15–2.05)*
   R2 = 0.043 R2 = 0.047 R2 = 0.043
X2(6) = 45.17 X2(6) = 47.98 X2(6) = 42.22
p = 0.00 p = 0.00 p = 0.00
  1. aOR adjusted odds ratio
  2. 95%CI 95% confidence interval
  3. *Significant findings are indicated in bold* (α =0.05)