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Table 2 Perceived helpfulness of interventions for PTSD among study participants (n = 150)

From: Beliefs and knowledge about post-traumatic stress disorder amongst resettled Afghan refugees in Australia

Interventions Helpful Harmful Neither Most helpfula
Treatments and activities
 Reading Koran or Bible 62 0 38.0 6
 Finding new hobbies 86 0 14 18
 Psychotherapy focusing on relationships with others 64 2.7 33.3 1.3
 Prayer session 37.3 10.7 52 1.3
 Improving diet or exercise 96.7 0 3.3 16
 Psychotherapy focusing on past 86.7 3.3 10 14
 Relaxation 63.3 2 34.7 2
 Psychotherapy focusing on changing thoughts and behaviours 84 1.3 14.7 14.7
 Getting information about problem 86.7 1.3 12.0 13.3
 Reading a self-help book 32.7 10.7 32.7 0
 Trying to deal with problem alone 7.3 76.7 16.0 0
 Talking about problem 56.7 10.0 33.3 9.3
 Admission to a psychiatric hospital 38 28.7 33.3 2.7
 Traditional therapies 37.3 18 44.7 1.3
 Hypnosis 23.3 8 68.7 0
 Drinking alcohol to relax 0 12.7 87.3 0
Medications
 Vitamins and minerals 76 2 22 33.3
 Herbal medicines 52.7 6.7 40.7 33.3
 Antidepressants 40 13.3 46.7 20
 Medication to help relax 32.7 37.3 30 13.3
People
 Psychiatrist 99.3 0 0.7 43.3
 Family member 50.7 4 45.3 14
 GP 90.7 0.7 8.7 15.3
 Psychologist 98.7 0 1.3 14.7
 Religious leader 30.7 11.3 58 4
 Close female friend 42.7 4 53.3 2
 Afghan social group/club 58 5.3 36.7 1.3
 Close male friend 41.3 6.7 52 1.3
 Community mental health worker 87.3 0.7 12 2.7
 Community religious organization 41.3 8 50.7 1.3
 Telephone counselling line 24.7 3.3 72 0
  1. a Percentage of sample rating the specific intervention item as ‘the most helpful’ for treating problem described in vignette