Table 3

Adjusted OR of risk factors for suicidal behaviour in postnatal mothers

Explanatory variablesOverall n (%)Suicidal behaviourAOR (95% CI)P value
Yes n (%)No n (%)
Marital status*
 Currently married806 (81.6)107 (10.8)699 (70.8)1.93
 Currently unmarried182 (18.4)151 (15.3)31 (3.1)
Educational status
 Literate158 (16.0)31 (3.1)127 (12.9)1.00 (reference)
 Illiterate830 (84.0)107 (10.8)723 (73.2)0.73 (0.45 to 1.12)0.187
Wealth
 Lower302 (30.6)41 (4.2)261 (26.4)2.8 (1.18 to 6.84)0.020
 Same654 (66.2)88 (8.9)566 (57.3)1.15 (0.76 to 1.74)0.499
 Higher32 (3.2)9 (0.9)23 (2.3)1.00 (reference)
Pregnancy
 Planned836 (84.6)98 (9.9)738 (74.7)1.00 (reference)
 Unplanned152 (15.4)40 (4.0)112 (11.3)2.28 (1.48 to 3.54)0.000
History of rape
 Yes123 (12.5)34 (3.4)89 (9.0)2.26 (1.42 to 3.61)0.001
 No865 (87.5)104 (10.5)761 (77.0)1.00 (reference)
Sexually unfaithful husband
 Yes538 (54.5)86 (8.7)452 (45.8)0.82 (0.55 to 1.20)0.305
 No450 (45.5)52 (5.3)398 (40.3)1.00 (reference)
Verbal abuse
 Yes305 (30.9)54 (5.5)251 (25.4)0.89 (0.59 to 1.35)0.611
 No683 (69.1)84 (8.5)599 (60.6)1.00 (reference)
Infant health status
 Sick231 (23.4)50 (5.1)181 (18.3)1.68 (1.12 to 2.52)0.012
 Healthy757 (76.6)88 (8.9)669 (67.7)1.00 (reference)
Social support*
 Poor208 (21.0)36 (3.7)171 (17.3)0.09
 Moderate660 (66.8)81 (8.2)579 (58.6)
 Good121 (12.2)21 (2.1)100 (10.1)
  • *Not associated during the bivariate analysis.

  • AOR, adjusted odds ratio.