Determinants of resilience towards radicalization in adolescence - Development of an intervention toolkit to strengthen resilience against right-wing extremist and radical-islamist ideologies during adolescence
Nachwuchsgruppe gefördert durch das Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend (BMFSFJ) im Bundesprogramm "Demokratie Leben!"
Self-affirmation interventions are a powerful tool to improve a variety of positive outcomes, e.g. in educational or health-related contexts. In this research project, we aim to apply the ideas of self-affirmation theory to a different area, i.e. the prevention of Islamist and right-wing extremist radicalization in youth. Adolescence brings with it a broad range of stressors and potential identity threats (e.g. belonging to a visible minority or deprivation experiences). Turning to radical ideologies and groups might provide an appealing, yet maladaptive way to cope with such ‘threats towards the self’. Within a school setting, the planned project aims to explore the effectiveness of a self-affirmation intervention in increasing adolescents’ resilience against radicalization by buffering the threats emanating from radicalization-related risk factors and circumstances and thus complement existing civic education-centered programs.
Dr. Tim Müller (Junior Research Group Leader)
Karolina Fetz (Co-Project Lead)