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In China another kindergarten attack prompts government to announce large scale construction of psychiatric facilities.

August 6, 2010

A spate of murderous attacks on kindergarten children in China has provoked some soul searching in what is soon to be the world’s most influential country. In a recent interview premier Wen Jiabao told a Hong Kong television station:

"We feel sorry in our hearts for the murders and the children’s deaths. We need to not only adopt serious security measures, but also tackle the deeper causes behind these problems."

The deeper causes might have to do with the pace of change in China and also perhaps the increasing gap between rich and poor:

"We have focused on economic progress but have most certainly lost sight of psychological improvements," said Ma Ai, a criminal psychologist with the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, "This is because the changes of the past 30 years have been too fast."

The government has now responded by announcing plans to build 550 psychiatric hospitals in the next two years! It will be interesting to see if and how the various depth and therapeutic psychology methodologies will be incorporated into this ambitious plan.|+World%29


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