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Table 2 Perceived helpfulness of interventions for PTSD vignette (n = 317)

From: Mental health literacy among pediatric hospital staff in the United Arab Emirates

Interventions Helpful Harmful Neither Most helpfula
Treatments and activities
 Getting information about the problem and available services 87.0 10.5 2.5 13.9
 Reading the Koran or Bible 84.4 11.7 3.8 9.5
 Getting out and about more/finding some new hobbies 71.9 25.5 2.6 3.4
 Psychotherapy focusing on changing thoughts and behaviours (cognitive behaviour therapy) 70.1 27.7 2.2 37.4
 Have a prayer session or reading with a religious leader 68.6 30.4 1.0 3.1
 Just talking about the problem (e.g. to a family member or close friend) 66.3 30.2 3.5 5.4
 Relaxation (e.g. having a massage) 66.0 33.3 0.6 3.4
 Psychotherapy focusing on relationships with others 64.2 33.9 1.9 1.7
 Psychotherapy focusing on causes that stem from the past 61.4 34.4 4.2 13.9
 Reading a self-help book 53.0 42.1 4.9 0.0
 Improving diet and/or getting more exercise 52.1 46.7 1.3 1.4
 Hypnosis 19.9 69.0 11.1 0.7
 Trying to deal with the problem on her own 18.8 47.1 34.1 2.0
 Admission to a psychiatric hospital 18.6 61.1 20.3 3.7
 Traditional therapies (e.g. herbs, honey, black cumin seed, olive oil, dates, cupping - Hijama) 16.7 80.1 3.2 0.3
 Drinking alcohol to relax 2.5 23.1 74.4 0.0
Medicine Type
 Anti-depressant medication (e.g. Prozac) 56.9 8.2 34.9 44.3
 Medication to help you relax (e.g. Xanax, Valium) 51.9 8.4 39.6 43.0
 Vitamins and minerals (e.g. Vitamin C) 45.1 0.0 54.9 12.7
Person/Service
 Psychologist 83.0 2.0 15.1 29.9
 Psychiatrist 77.5 1.0 21.6 29.9
 Family member 75.5 2.3 22.3 16.5
 Religious person or priest 74.2 1.9 23.9 5.2
 Community mental health worker/team (e.g. social worker, mental health nurse) 71.8 1.0 27.2 4.1
 Close female friend 65.0 1.9 33.1 7.2
 Homeland social group/club 62.8 5.5 31.7 3.1
 Family or local doctor 58.5 2.0 39.5 2.1
 Community religious organization 50.2 2.0 47.8 0.0
 Telephone counseling 38.4 4.2 57.3 1.0
 Close male friend 16.6 8.6 74.8 1.0
  1. aPercentage of sample rating the specific intervention item as ‘the most helpful’ for treating problem described in vignette