Exposure to Civil Violence Increases Risk for Mental Health Disorders, Even for Non-combatants

June 27, 2023


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How does armed conflict affect people who are exposed to it, even those that are not fighting? A new paper by Willam Axinn, Ph.D., of the Institute for Social Research’s Survey Research Center, finds that exposure to civil violence puts civilian populations at a significantly increased risk of developing a diverse range of mental health disorders. Axinn explores his study, suggesting that in light of the findings, policymakers should be able to more appropriately plan long-term responses to global conflict.

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