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Table 3 Help seeking behavior of participants towards a relative with schizophrenia (divided into five categories) (n = 404)

From: Perceptions about the cause of schizophrenia and the subsequent help seeking behavior in a Pakistani population – results of a cross-sectional survey

  will definitely do
N (%)
will consider doing
N (%)
Will definitely not do
N (%)
Professional medical help    
Take him to a family physician 189 (48.3) 97 (24.8) 105 (26.9)
Take him to a psychiatrist 254 (62.9) 70 (17.3) 80 (19.8)
Take him to a mental hospital 29 (7.2) 47 (11.6) 327 (80.9)
Religious remedies    
Take him to a Mazaar* 53 (13.2) 62 (15.4) 286 (71.0)
Take him to an Alim/Imam** 129 (31.9) 107 (26.5) 168 (41.6)
Pray 201 (49.9) 96 (23.8) 106 (26.3)
Sadqa khairaatα 223 (55.3) 60 (14.9) 120 (29.8)
Social Interventions    
get him married 102 (25.2) 112 (27.7) 190 (47.0)
get him employed 161 (39.9) 113 (28.0) 130 (32.2)
change his job 68 (16.8) 162 (40.1) 174 (43.1)
Magic/Exorcism related    
exorcize him 63 (15.6) 87 (21.5) 253 (62.6)
go to an Amil 33 (8.2) 72 (17.8) 297 (73.5)
taweezϒ 42 (10.4) 69 (17.1) 292 (72.3)
No help seeking behavior    
talk to him 223 (55.2) 86 (21.3) 95 (23.5)
nothing, rest 173 (42.9) 118 (29.3) 112 (27.8)
  1. * tomb of a religious person, **A religious leader, α sacrifice in the name of God, A person who does black magic, ϒ An item worn around the neck or arm in order to protect against evil.
  2. Each row totals to 404 (100%)