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Conflict, Peace and Mental HealthAddressing the Consequences of Conflict and Trauma in Northern Ireland$
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David Bolton

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780719090998

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719090998.001.0001

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Research, advocacy and policy support

Research, advocacy and policy support

(p.151) 9 Research, advocacy and policy support
Conflict, Peace and Mental Health

David Bolton

Manchester University Press

This Chapter looks in more detail at the research undertaken at the Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma and Transformation (NICTT), in Omagh. This included the randomised controlled trial (RCT) (in partnership with King’s College, London) of its trauma focused cognitive behavioural therapy programme, along with a series of studies undertaken in partnership with Ulster University that examined the epidemiological impact of the Troubles on the population of Northern Ireland. Both provided important new findings relating to the levels of exposure, levels of psychological problems and the social and economic consequences arising from personal experiences of violence linked to the Troubles. The Chapter concludes with a lengthy discussion on the challenges of undertaking research in communities affected by war and conflict, into the mental health and related impacts. This includes a discussion on how methods and approaches to studies in such contexts need to, for example, ask the right questions, if we are to understand and be able to respond to the impact of war and conflict on communities. The challenge of taking findings from research into policy advice, policy formulation, political and service development decisions - particularly in the context of conflict - is also discussed.

Keywords:   Omagh, NICTT, Research, Trauma exposure, Advocacy, Policy, Epidemiological, Ulster, War and conflict, Policy

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