New Systematic Review of Mental Health Problems and Violent Extremism

A new systematic review relating to mental health problems and violent extremism was recently released in the Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology

This systematic review assesses the impact of mental health problems upon attitudes, intentions and behaviours in the context of radicalisation and terrorism. The paper identifies 25 studies that measured rates of mental health problems across 28 samples. The prevalence rates are heterogenous and range from 0% to 57%. When pooling the results of those samples (n = 19) purely focused upon confirmed diagnoses where sample sizes are known (n = 1705 subjects), the results suggest a rate of 14.4% with a confirmed diagnosis. Where studies relied upon wholly, or in some form, upon privileged access to police or judicial data, diagnoses occurred 16.96% of the time (n = 283 subjects). Where studies were purely focused upon open sources (n = 1089 subjects), diagnoses were present 9.82% of the time. The analysis also explores (a) the types and rates of mental health disorders identified (b) comparison/ control group studies (c) studies that explore causal roles of mental health problems and (d) other complex needs.

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