Terrorism and mental illness: a pragmatic approach for the clinician

Ho, Cyrus S.H., Quek, Tian Ci, Ho, Roger C.M., and Choo, Carol C. (2019) Terrorism and mental illness: a pragmatic approach for the clinician. BJPsych Advances, 25 (2). pp. 101-109.

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Terrorism is a complex problem that is highly relevant in contemporary society, underscoring the need for greater understanding as well as cross-disciplinary and international research in this area. Controversies surround potential associations between mental illness and terrorism, many due to the limited and conflicting existing research, and mental health professionals’ duties to their patients versus society and the state. In this article, we review the literature, discuss clinical implications and the role of psychiatrists in anti-terrorism efforts. We also propose a simplified framework that may be incorporated into clinical practice to screen for potential terrorist tendencies.

Item ID: 56598
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2056-4678
Keywords: terrorism, mental illness, clinical implications, clinical framework
Copyright Information: © The Royal College of Psychiatrists 2018
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2018 23:59
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520304 Health psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 100%
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