Stress, Coping, and Political Violence in Northern Ireland

  • Ed Cairns
  • Ronnie Wilson
Part of the The Plenum Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


Since the late 1960s, Northern Ireland has been a relatively well-researched part of the world. (1986) has noted that at least one bibliography on the Northern Irish conflict contains more than three thousand references. However, the question of the relationship between stress and political violence has not attracted the same level of interest. Indeed, apart from a flurry of activity in the 1970s, largely owing to the efforts of one researcher (Lyons, 1979), relatively little investigation has been carried out in this area. Furthermore, what research has been conducted has employed widely differing approaches. For this reason, the work to be reviewed here will be classified mainly in terms of the data-gathering methods used—primarily official statistics, such as admission and referral rates, clinical studies, and community-based studies. Under each of these headings, the existing research will be divided into two main areas focussing either on adults or on children.


Suicide Rate Admission Rate Communal Violence General Health Questionnaire Referral Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ed Cairns
    • 1
  • Ronnie Wilson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychology and Centre for the Study of ConflictUniversity of UlsterColeraineNorthern Ireland

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