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Table 4 Percentage of respondents rating various treatments as helpful for the person described in the vignette.

From: Age differences in mental health literacy

  Depression Vignette Schizophrenia Vignette
Age 18–24
n = 96
25–39
n = 293
40–54
n = 250
55–69
n = 213
70+
n = 149
18–24
n = 102
25–39
n = 246
40–54
n = 296
55–69
n = 215
70+
n = 138
GP 85.9 88.3 86.3 85.7 90.9 64.8 76.5 85.4 70.6 77.4
Pharmacist 31.8 32.0 34.5 40.2 42.1 14.9 22.8 22.1 29.3 29.0
Counsellor 85.5 88.4 85.7 73.8 68.2 92.4 90.1 90.1 74.3 70.5
Social worker 66.4 69.4 61.4 51.6 61.9 70.9 73.0 72.3 62.5 54.9
Phone counselling 73.0 71.8 61.4 52.4 54.7 62.6 62.8 60.1 50.0 38.0
Psychiatrist 65.1 69.8 68.0 56.7 58.9 76.9 84.9 85.0 76.5 69.7
Psychologist 74.3 72.0 72.9 54.6 52.2 71.5 79.3 80.4 68.1 55.1
Close family 74.8 71.2 67.4 61.7 62.9 68.8 68.0 60.7 57.5 57.3
Close friends 84.9 81.1 78.8 71.6 72.5 84.7 71.8 73.0 67.8 71.1
Naturopath/herbalist 28.5 37.1 44.9 28.3 23.7 22.3 26.8 26.0 19.8 18.9
Clergy 37.2 46.1 43.3 46.6 54.0 29.3 31.1 41.8 42.2 40.1
Vitamins, minerals 53.5 51.5 54.4 43.6 44.6 31.3 35.0 30.9 27.6 29.5
Antidepressants 50.5 51.9 46.4 45.9 32.2 47.5 49.2 53.0 52.9 42.2
Antibiotics 11.0 10.7 8.0 11.0 13.6 4.1 6.5 1.4 2.6 6.6
Sleeping pills 30.2 27.5 16.6 21.8 27.6 22.3 17.3 20.0 13.4 18.2
Antipsychotics 12.7 11.8 13.4 11.8 3.1 29.4 36.6 38.0 31.7 19.5
Physical activity 92.1 94.2 91.2 89.8 91.7 91.4 88.5 85.2 86.1 88.2
Read about problem 87.7 86.3 76.8 74.3 66.2 88.8 84.9 84.0 67.1 66.4
Get out more 86.8 86.1 86.6 88.2 88.9 94.2 87.1 85.2 84.7 87.9
Learn relaxation 85.0 87.3 84.0 81.2 76.1 80.7 75.8 79.0 74.7 75.2
Cut out alcohol 49.0 58.4 53.8 58.2 58.9 58.3 70.2 68.8 63.8 62.2
Psychotherapy 44.9 49.0 48.1 37.8 31.5 61.6 62.6 63.2 53.0 48.5
Hypnosis 20.8 22.4 25.6 18.6 22.8 26.9 32.1 31.3 32.0 21.5
Psychiatric ward 16.1 16.7 16.9 17.7 12.8 27.0 33.5 35.2 36.1 19.4
Occasional drink 37.3 36.3 47.2 50.5 56.8 27.2 27.0 29.0 35.9 42.4
Special diet 45.9 45.3 54.0 49.9 43.2 29.9 42.1 47.7 42.9 39.8
  1. Note: Bolded results indicate a significant difference between age groups (p < .001) with a minimum effect size of Cohen's h = .50. Italicised results indicate a significant difference between age groups (p < .001), but without a minimum effect size of .50.