1st Edition

Violent Extremism A Primer for Mental Health Practitioners

Edited By Caroline Logan Copyright 2022
    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    This edited book presents international perspectives on the role of mental health problems in understanding and managing the risk of violent extremism.

    The chapters included in this book address two themes. First, they describe the research findings on the nature and prevalence of the range of mental health problems (psychosis, personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression, autism spectrum disorders) in young people and adults who have in the past, committed acts of violence motivated at least in part by extremist ideologies, or who have attempted or threatened such acts, or who for other reasons are thought to be at risk of doing so. Second, the chapters examine what is known about the relationship – or the functional link – between mental health problems and violent extremism. The focus of this book is on clinical practice and understanding the nature of the challenge faced by practitioners and their response to it. It will therefore be of interest to mental health practitioners, service managers and commissioners, and policy makers with a remit to understand and mitigate risk of radicalisation and violent extremism.

    The chapters in this book were originally published in The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology.

    1. Risk assessment and management in violent extremism: a primer for mental health practitioners

    Caroline Logan and Rachel Sellers

    2. Systematic review of mental health problems and violent extremism

    Paul Gill, Caitlin Clemmow, Florian Hetzel, Bettina Rottweiler, Nadine Salman, Isabelle Van Der Vegt, Zoe Marchment, Sandy Schumann, Sanaz Zolghadriha, Norah Schulten, Helen Taylor and Emily Corner

    3. Severe mental disorder and terrorism: when psychosis, PTSD and addictions become a vulnerability

    Zainab Al-Attar

    4. Reviewing the links between violent extremism and personality, personality disorders, and psychopathy

    Emily Corner, Helen Taylor, Isabelle Van Der Vegt, Nadine Salman, Bettina Rottweiler, Florian Hetzel, Caitlin Clemmow, Norah Schulten and Paul Gill

    5. Violent extremism, mental health and substance abuse among adolescents: towards a trauma psychological perspective on violent radicalization and deradicalization

    Daniel Koehler

    6. Autism spectrum disorders and terrorism: how different features of autism can contextualise vulnerability and resilience

    Zainab Al-Attar

    7. Characteristics of autism spectrum disorder and susceptibility to radicalisation among young people: a qualitative study

    Florian Walter, Sarah Leonard, Suhel Miah and Jenny Shaw


    Caroline Logan is Consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist. She has worked as a scholar practitioner in forensic mental health and criminal justice services for 25 years, and much of this time focused on the assessment, formulation, and management of violence risk.