Available online Jul 19, 2018.
[ Original ] Volume 24, Issue 3, 2015, Pages 223-232
Depression,anxiety and stress,are not only health problems by themselves,but also associated with other negative
health consequences. The national youth service is usually characterized by a number of new challenges and
experiences which may require life style adjustments by the corps member. However, no previous study on
psychological factors has been conducted among corps members.
This study was conducted to determine the prevalence of depression, anxiety and stress and their associated
factors among corps members serving in Kebbi state.
A cross-sectional study was conducted among 264 corps members from four local government areas of the state.
Selection of the local government areas and the individual participants was by simple random sampling. Data was
collected from May to June 2014 using a self-administered questionnaire. Data analysis used chi-square test to
identify the relationship between categorical variables and multivariate logistic regression to identify the
independent factors for depression,anxiety and stress each.
The response rate was 97%.Most of the respondents were males (63.6%),single (85.5%),and above 20 years of age
(71.6%).The overall prevalences of depression, anxiety and stress among the respondents were 36.4%, 54.5% and
18.2% respectively.The independent factors for depression were; being from the North central (0R=5.99;95% CI:
2.194-16.354) or South-south;and the perception of earning enough income (0R=2.987;95% CI: 1.062-8.400).For
anxiety, male gender (OR=0.411; 95% CI: 0.169-0.999); and being from the North central were significant risk
factors (OR=3.731; 95% CI: 1.450-9.599). Being above 26 years of age was an independent risk factor for stress
(OR=0.083;95% CI: 0.018-0.381).Also, those who had ever schooled outside their towns of residence were less
likely to be stressed compared to those who had never (OR=0.30;95% CI: 0.110-0.855).All other factors did not
show any significant association with any of the outcome variables in multivariate analysis.
In conclusion, the prevalences of depression, anxiety and stress are high among corps members serving in Kebbi
state.There is need to expand the scope of this study to a national level so as to get a bigger picture of the problem.
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Volume 24 | Issue 3
Page Nos. 223-232
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