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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of attendees of traditional healing practice (N = 387)

From: Psychological distress and associated factors among the attendees of traditional healing practices in Jinja and Iganga districts, Eastern Uganda: a cross-sectional study

Variables Number (%)
Sex  
Male 178 (46.0)
Female 209 (54.0)
Age  
18–24 101 (26.1)
25–34 108 (27.9)
35–44 88 (22.7)
45 and above 90 (23.3)
Education  
None 74 (19.1)
Some education 313 (80.9)
Secondary upwards 114 (29.5)
Primary (p1-p7) 199 (51.4)
Occupation  
Gainful (self, formal, casual) 164 (42.4)
Not gainful (Housewife, student, peasant) 223 (57.6)
Household income  
Less than $1 a day 350 (90.4)
More than $1 day 37(9.6)
Lack of food in the past month  
Slept hungry at least once 145 (37.5)
Did not sleep hungry 242 (62.5)
Debts  
In debt 256 (66.1)
Not in debt 131 (33.9)
Marital status  
Married 196 (50.6)
Unmarried 191 (49.4)
Married males (N = 70)  
Only 1 wife 41 (10.6)
≥1 wife 29 (7.5)
Married females (N = 127)  
The only wife 90 (23.3)
≥1 or more co wives 37 (9.6)
Those who had children (N = 263)  
1–4 133(34.4)
> 4 130(33.4)
Tribe  
Soga 336 (86.8)
Ganda 28 (7.2)
Others 23 (6.0)
Religion  
Christian (catholic, pentacostal, protestants) 239 (61.8)
Non Christian (Muslims, Traditional, others) 148 (38.2)
Reasons for visiting healer  
To get treatment 174 (45.0)
For treatment and explanation 213 (55.0)
Kind of treatment received for current symptoms  
Traditional 194 (50.1)
Traditional and modern 193 (49.9)
Duration of symptoms  
Less than six months 217 (56.1)
More than six months 171 (44.2)