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Life since Troubles 'got worse'
Residents were asked how they felt about life post-conflict
Many residents of an area badly hit by the Troubles feel life has got worse since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, a new study suggests.

The survey of mental health needs in Whiterock, west Belfast, was carried out by an academic specialising in international post-conflict issues.

Half of the households questioned felt community bonds were now weaker.

Two-thirds felt stress because of where they live, although many did acknowlege the peace process had brought benefits.

The survey, by Dr David Connolly of the University of York, found long-term deprivation and the legacy of the Troubles were two root causes of trauma in the area.

Other common concerns were recent feud violence in the area, widespread fear of crime and rapid social changes since the end of the conflict.

The study suggests mental health problems in the area go beyond the individual, affecting families and entire communities.

It was commissioned by Corpus Christi Services, a community group based in the area.

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