Pathways to sympathies for violent protest and terrorism


Support for violent extremism, and participation in such activity, is believed to be associated with radicalisation among some individuals, yet little empirical research has been conducted into its relationship with mental illness. In this podcast, Professor Kamaldeep S Bhui talks to Dr Raj Persaud about his latest research on the links between psychological problems and sympathies for violent protest and terrorism (SVPT) in a community-based sample.


Date published: 21st March 2017

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Professor Kamaldeep S Bhui

Audio running time: 17 minutes

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Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • the historical links between mental illness, psychopathology, psychological problems and terrorism


  • the importance of using a community-based study to further knowledge of SVPT


  • the impact of depressive symptoms, adverse life events and political engagement on SVPT


  • the difficulties encountered in obtaining empirical research in this area


  • the significance of exploring the role of psychiatry in SVPT.


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