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Table 1 Categorical variables showing the sociodemographic characteristics of 852 medical and nursing students from January–April 2018

From: Prevalence and predictors of recreational drug use among medical and nursing students in Cameroon: a cross sectional analysis

Variable Total
N %
University (n = 846)
 University of Bamenda 256 30.25
 University of Buea 259 30.62
 University of Douala 81 9.58
 Private sector 250 29.55
Gender (n = 851)
 Male 268 31.49
 Female 583 68.51
Personal relationship (n = 844)a
 Yes 383 45.38
 No 461 54.62
Marital status (n = 845)
 Single 788 93.25
 Married 57 6.75
Difficulties in personal relationship (n = 788)
 Yes 153 19.42
 No 635 80.58
Exams re-sited (n = 828)
 Yes 453 54.71
 No 375 45.29
Courses repeated (n = 833)
 Yes 329 39.50
 No 504 60.50
Satisfaction with results (n = 772)
 Yes 223 28.89
 No 549 71.11
Regret choice of studies (n = 842)
 Yes 84 9.98
 No 758 90.02
Occurrence of life changing crises in last 6 months (n = 830)b
 Yes 378 45.54
 No 452 54.46
Presence of chronic illness (n = 851)c
 Yes 38 4.47
 No 813 95.53
Alcohol consumption (n = 851)
 Yes 248 29.14
 No 603 70.86
Recreational drug use (n = 852)d
 Yes 14 1.64
 No 838 98.36
Sufficient monthly income (n = 794)
 Yes 253 31.86
 No 541 68.14
  1. aPersonal relationship was defined as close connections between two people formed by emotional and sexual interactions
  2. bLife changing crises defined as loss of a loved one, physical or sexual trauma and conditions of emotional or social instability
  3. cChronic illnesses included: asthma, chronic pelvic pain, diabetes mellitus, gastroesophageal reflux disease, chronic peptic ulcer disease, migraines, cerebral lesions and paralysis
  4. dRecreational drugs included: marijuana and tramadol