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Table 1 Research sample

From: Child witchcraft confessions as an idiom of distress in Sierra Leone; results of a rapid qualitative inquiry and recommendations for mental health interventions

  Male Female Total Age range (years) Average age (years)
Child participants
 Individuals 7 7 14 7–18 13.2
 Focus group discussions [eight] 28 29 57 4–17 11.8
 Subtotal children 35 36 71   
Adult participants
 Individuals* 6 3 9   
 Focus group discussions [seven] 12 23 35   
 Key informants 11 1 12   
 Subtotal adults 29 27 56   
 Total participants** 64 63 127   
  1. *Caregivers, pastors and teachers, interviewed in relation to specific children, plus a child who in the interview revealed he was actually 25 years old
  2. **A few individuals/key informants were also participants in the focus group discussions