Legacies of conflict: evidence from the 2012 PSE survey

Mike Tomlinson

The Poverty and Social Exclusion Survey 2012 included questions, first asked in 2002/3, designed to capture the impact of the ‘Troubles’ on people’s lives. In this paper for the Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series, Mike Tomlinson presents the initial analysis of these findings. The 2012 results survey found that just under a half of all adults (45%) experienced either the death or injury of someone they knew personally. For more than a third of adults (35%), someone they knew was killed.  With the exception of imprisonment, all of the conflict experiences are associated with a higher risk of poor physical and mental health and most were associated with lower life satisfaction.

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