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Radicalisation is a public health problem that needs to discussed to be prevented, says psychiatrist

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 17 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6273
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Radicalisation of British Muslims to commit acts of terrorism is a public health issue in the same way as teenage pregnancy and drug addiction: a problem of society and health that needs to be “destigmatised” and talked about more openly so as to prevent it, an expert has said.

Kamaldeep Bhui, professor of cultural psychiatry and epidemiology and a consultant psychiatrist at Queen Mary University of London, has argued that terrorist acts have several health implications because they lead to death, illness, injury, and psychological consequences for survivors, witnesses, and people who lose relatives and friends. Terrorism can also divide communities and raise fears about safety.

A survey of 608 British adult Muslims from east London and Bradford by Bhui and colleagues, published in PLoS One, found that 2.4% showed some sympathy for violent protest and terrorist acts, with women …

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