8 August 2017
Members of the British Muslim community who are most at risk of radicalisation are more likely to have depression and be socially isolated, a new study led by Professor Kamaldeep Bhui has found.
Extremism and violent radicalisation research suggests depressive symptoms and relative social isolation are relevant, rather than discrimination and or psychosocial adversity. Migrants and those with low social capital appeared resistant to extremist thinking. This work has received attention in the national and international press, radio and TV, and informs government and non-governmental organisations about future policy directions. It also alerts those working with young people to take notice of depressive symptoms.
Published in the journal PLOS ONE, the study surveyed over 600 men and women of Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Muslim heritage in London and Bradford, aged 18-45.Link to PLOS ONE: Might Depression, Psychosocial Adversity, and Limited Social Assets Explain Vulnerability to and Resistance against Violent Radicalisation?Link to PLOS ONE: Is Violent Radicalisation Associated with Poverty, Migration, Poor Self-Reported Health and Common Mental Disorders?Is Violent Radicalisation Associated with Poverty, Migration, Poor Self-Reported Health and Common Mental Disorders?
Is Violent Radicalisation Associated with Poverty, Migration, Poor Self-Reported Health and Common Mental Disorders? [PDF 178KB]
Mental Health Today
Channel 4 News online
New Zealand Herald
Professor Kamaldeep Bhui was interviewed on a number of media networks on the study, including:
Al Jazeera English
The Breakfast Show with Penny Smith and Paul Ross, BBC London 94.9FM
BBC Radio regional Asian shows including:
BBC Derby with Satvinder Ranan
BBC West with Manny Masih
BBC Sheffield with Waheed Akhtar
BBC Nottingham with James Moyse
BBC Stoke with Ajmal Hussain
BBC Leeds with Mussy Abbasi
BBC Three Counties with Yasmeen Khan