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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of 100 incarcerated individuals at the Ghana Prisons Service in the Northern Region

From: Assessment of mental distress among prison inmates in Ghana’s correctional system: a cross-sectional study using the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale

Variables (N = 100) Percentage
Age  
  <30 38
  30-59 51
  60-101 11
Sex  
  Male 89
  Female 11
Education  
  Primary 23
  Secondary 25
  College 2
  None 50
Ethnicity  
  Southern tribes 23
  Northern Mole-Dagomba 38
  Other - Northern tribes 39
Religion  
  Moslem 54
  Christian 46
NHIS  
  Yes 65
  No 35
  1. Note: The “Mole-Dagomba” is an ethnic group that consists of the Mossi, Dagomba, Nanumba, Mamprusi, and Gonja tribes in the Northern Region. The “Other” ethnic group includes various tribes from the other regions in the northern part of Ghana. The “Southern tribes” ethnic group includes the Akan, Ga-Adangbe and Ewe tribes.