Skip to comments.Muslim Londoners most stressed by bombings
Posted on 08/29/2005 12:20:53 PM PDT by billorites
The stress caused by the terrorist bombings in London on 7 July 2005 was far more keenly felt by Muslim residents compared with other inhabitants, a psychological study reveals.
Sixty-one per cent of Muslim commuters surveyed suffered substantial stress in the days following the first terrorist attacks on the city's transport system almost double the proportion of stressed Londoners from other faiths.
One can speculate it could be fear of reprisals and being upset about the misusing of their religion [to justify] terrorism, says Neil Greenberg, at the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College London, and one of the study team.
Overall, Londoners coped reasonably well, the researchers found, although one-third of commuters still felt substantially stressed 12 days after the attacks.
But only 1% of people felt they needed professional help to cope with their emotions in the aftermath of the attacks, which killed 52 innocent commuters and injured over 700 others. Four bombs exploded in the morning rush hour three on underground trains and one on a bus.
Overall, the results of the study of over 1000 London commuters is reassuring, write the UK researchers. Previous experience of dealing with terrorist attacks by the IRA (Irish Republican Army) in the 1980s and early 1990s had psychologically toughened the citys residents, they say.
Its not so out of the blue. This is something that Londoners have had to live with, says John Simpson, head of emergency preparedness at the UK Health Protection Agencys branch in Salisbury.
People who said they had been exposed to terrorism before were less likely to be stressed, says Greenberg. He adds that, from a cognitive perspective, not being in control of your life after a major trauma can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. But if youve been exposed to terrorism before youve learnt ways to make yourself feel safe, he told New Scientist.
Preparedness planning had also helped to minimise the psychological impact of the terror blasts on Londoners, the team found. Commuters who had read the UK Home Offices advisory leaflet were less likely to be stressed and more likely to say they would get back to their normal travel routes by train or bus.
But commuters were four times more likely to be distressed if they thought they could have been injured or killed that day, compared with those who did not believe that possibility.
Being unable to contact friends and loved-ones by cellphones on the day of the attacks was also associated with stress. Cellphone base stations were jammed as thousands of stranded commuters tried to make calls from the same areas amidst the chaos following the blasts.
The mobile phone companies did a very good job at keeping the networks going at that time, Simpson told New Scientist. But he adds: We need a mechanism whereby more capacity can be found.
He says this will need discussion at a government level as a reasonably urgent issue. He says the UK Home Office is aware of the studys findings and is working with the HPA on how best to prepare the population for terrorist attacks.
The survey was carried out by phone between the 18 to 20 July by market researchers MORI on behalf of the research team.
Muslims hardest hit - except they weren't.
Yeah... uh huh... I bet the families of the victims feel a bit more stress than people who, by turning a blind eye from the terrorists among them, are an accessory to those bastards.
I'm sure more than 61% of those same muslims polled would say that suicide bombing and attacking civilian targets in Israel is justified.
Say it with me...World's Smallest Violin
My guess is that these folks would NOT have faired well during the blitz!
"One can speculate it could be fear of reprisals ..."
I thought it was because they were disturbed about all those injured and dead unbelievers.
Those that are stressed out should move to a place where they wouldn't be stressed out.
Yeh, except they did it. I guess being a PERP causes a lot of stress. Well, let me be the first to help .... NOT.
WELL, JUST DAMN. LETS CRY A RIVER. FOR CRYING OUT LOUD
BOOHOO..rat out the trouble makers then...
Claiming victimhood is one of terrorist islam's biggest recruitment tools and they have learned to use like pro's.
The MSM backs them up tremendously on this as well always giving one-sided coverage.
Are we supposed to be sympathetic?
Of course they are intimidated they are involved in a terrorist organization. MAYBE if they feel enough 'STRESS' they will DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!?
It's no longer enough for the 'peaceful muslims' to shrug it off as 'not their problem'. It's time for the 'peaceful muslims' to take action to clean up their own ranks. Otherwise, they deserve the 'stress' that they get and then some.
Perhaps they would do better in relieving their stress if they worked harder at finding the idiots amongst themselves and turning them into the police?
Just a thought...
But until then, they must remember: stress can be good for you!
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