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Table 1 Perceived helpfulness of interventions for PTSD vignette ( n = 225)

From: Mental health literacy of resettled Iraqi refugees in Australia: knowledge about posttraumatic stress disorder and beliefs about helpfulness of interventions

Interventions Helpful Harmful Neither Most helpful*
Treatments and activities     
Reading Koran or Bible 79.2 1.8 17.3 19.0
Finding new hobbies 75.2 2.7 19.0 8.0
Psychotherapy focusing on relationships with others 73.0 3.5 20.8 5.5
Prayer session 66.8 3.1 28.8 4.4
Improving diet or exercise 66.8 2.7 26.5 2.7
Psychotherapy focusing on past 64.2 10.2 23.0 9.3
Relaxation 62.4 4.4 30.1 2.2
Psychotherapy focusing on changing thoughts 61.5 9.3 27.4 16.4
Getting information about problem 60.2 9.3 27.4 4.9
Reading a self-help book 59.3 3.1 34.5 0.4
Trying to deal with problem alone 58.0 8.8 31.4 6.6
Talking about problem 46.0 22.1 29.2 7.5
Admission to a psychiatric hospital 29.2 34.1 33.6 4.9
Traditional therapies 13.7 37.2 46.0 0.9
Hypnosis 5.8 43.3 46.5 0.9
Drinking alcohol to relax 4.0 75.7 15.9 0.4
People     
Psychiatrist 84.5 4.9 8.8 35.4
Family member 66.4 3.1 28.3 11.5
GP 66.4 1.8 27.9 9.7
Psychologist 65.0 3.5 27.4 8.4
Religious leader 61.1 3.1 31.9 11.1
Close female friend 50.0 6.6 40.3 6.2
Iraqi social group/club 48.2 8.8 39.4 7.1
Close male friend 42.5 11.9 40.7 2.7
Community mental health worker 42.0 12.4 42.5 4.9
Community religious organisation 38.9 5.8 49.6 0.9
Telephone counselling line 26.1 10.6 56.2 0
  1. *Percentage of sample rating the specific intervention item as `the most helpful’ for treating problem described in vignette.