Analyses of Prevalence of Mental Illness and Associated Characteristics in Anambra State
Biomedical Statistics and Informatics
Volume 2, Issue 1, March 2017, Pages: 4-9
Received: Dec. 22, 2016; Accepted: Jan. 3, 2017; Published: Jan. 24, 2017
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Igweze Amechi Henry, Department of Mathematics/Statistics, School of Applied Sciences, Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku, Nigeria
Ashinze Akudo Nwankpa, Department of Mathematics/Statistics, School of Applied Sciences, Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku, Nigeria
Edike Collins Cornelius, Department of Mathematics/Statistics, School of Applied Sciences, Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku, Nigeria
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This study on the prevalence of mental illness and associated characteristics in Anambra State was aimed at determining the prevalence of mental illness by age, sex and period of the year. It was also aimed at determining the relationship between mental illness diagnosis and the studied characteristics. Descriptive statistics, chi-square test of association and the ordinal logistic regression were employed in the study. The results presented show that a significant association exist between mental illness and sex. Also a significant association was found to exist between mental illness and age of patients. This was also visible in the pattern of manifestation of mental illness as mental illness was found to reduce as age increases. On the average, the second quarter of the year was found to have the highest prevalence of mental illness in the study area. On the other hand, even when the first and second quarter proved to be significantly related with mental illness diagnosis, the chi-square test of association shows that there is no significant association between mental illness diagnosis and the period of the years the diagnosis was made. In conclusion, mental illness was found to have significant effect on demographic characteristics but partially with seasonal variations.
Schizophrenia, Psychosis, Ordinal Logistic Regression, Mental Illness Diagnosis
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Igweze Amechi Henry, Ashinze Akudo Nwankpa, Edike Collins Cornelius, Analyses of Prevalence of Mental Illness and Associated Characteristics in Anambra State, Biomedical Statistics and Informatics. Vol. 2, No. 1, 2017, pp. 4-9. doi: 10.11648/j.bsi.20170201.12
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