MOPH: violent behavior may arise from rude language in political rallies


BANGKOK, 22 January 2014  People who follow news of political demonstrations too closely may be familiarizing themselves with rude language, which might lead to more violent behavior later, according to the Department of Mental Health. 

According to Dr. Chetsada Chokdamrungsuk, director-general of the Mental Health Department, the department’s survey has found that as much as 78.60% of the public were slightly stressed over the political rallies, whereas 7.40% were either highly stressed or extremely stressed. Interestingly, 25.30% of people said they were either untroubled by or take amusement in the hatred-promoting speeches and rude language used at political rallies. 53.30% of people indicated they disliked hearing such speeches and language because they were disturbing and stressful. Dr. Chetsada explained that people’s growing familiarity with rude language was signalling a behavior shift towards increased violence.

Dr. Phanphimon Wiluppakon, deputy director-general of the department, said the political situation was beginning to affect relations within families. She suggested that media should be consumed thoughtfully and in moderation, and people should call the 24-hour hotline 1323 for consultation if they feel stressed.