Behavior: Belfast and the Psyche

Urban violence is easily measured in terms of those killed or wounded. But what of the impact of such disruptions on the psyche? Two Belfast psychiatrists, themselves caught in the swirl of the city's Catholic-Protestant riots during 1969, wondered how the mental health of those living near and around the barricades had been affected. In two different papers published in the current British Journal of Psychiatry, they report that, with some exceptions, there was little evidence that the troubles had led to an increase in serious psychological disturbances.

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