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Table 1 Categorical variables showing the sociodemographic characteristics of 447 nursing students in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon assessed for depression from January to April 2018

From: Determinants of burnout syndrome among nursing students in Cameroon: cross-sectional study

Variable Total
N %
Nursing school (n = 441)
 University of Bamenda 99 22.45
 University of Buea 91 20.63
 Private sector 251 56.92
Level of studies (n = 443)
 Year 1 123 27.77
 Year 2 176 39.73
 Year 3 91 20.54
 Year 4 53 11.96
Gender (n = 446)
 Male 84 18.83
 Female 362 81.17
Personal relationship (n = 440)a
 Yes 221 50.23
 No 219 49.77
Marital status (n = 446)
 Single 401 89.91
 Married 45 10.09
Difficulties in personal relationship (n = 427)
 Yes 77 18.03
 No 350 81.97
Exams re-sited (n = 429)
 Yes 220 51.28
 No 209 48.72
Courses repeated (n = 439)
 Yes 168 38.27
 No 271 61.73
Satisfaction with results (n = 396)
 Yes 122 30.81
 No 274 69.19
Regret choice of nursing studies (n = 439)
 Yes 50 11.39
 No 389 88.61
Occurrence of life changing crises in last 6 months (n = 434)b
 Yes 221 50.92
 No 213 49.08
Presence of chronic illness (n = 445)c
 Yes 19 4.27
 No 426 95.73
Alcohol consumption (n = 446)
 Yes 127 28.48
 No 319 71.52
Recreational drug use (n = 444)d
 Yes 5 1.13
 No 439 98.87
Sufficient monthly income (n = 407)
 Yes 98 24.08
 No 309 75.92
  1. a Personal relationship was defined as close connections between two people formed by emotional and sexual interactions
  2. b Life changing crises defined as loss of a loved one, physical or sexual trauma and conditions of emotional or social instability
  3. c Chronic illnesses included: Asthma, chronic pelvic pain, diabetes mellitus, gastroesophageal reflux disease, chronic peptic ulcer disease, migraines, cerebral lesions and paralysis
  4. d Recreational drugs included: marijuana and tramadol