Determinants of resilience towards radicalization in adolescence

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.

Team members

Dr. Tim Müller (Junior Research Group Leader)

Karolina Fetz (Co-Project Lead)

Nevin Uca

Aziz Dziri

Christoph Klose

Carolina Waldner


07/2019 - 06/2022


Prof. Dr. Naika Foroutan

Prof. Dr. Naika Foroutan

Director, Head of the Department "Integration Research and Social Policy"

Fon: +49 (0)30 2093-46255

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Kluge

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Kluge

Member of the Department "Migration, Mental and Physical Health and Health Research"; Professor for psychological and medical integration & migration research at the Charité University Medicine Berlin

Fon: +49 (0)30 45051-7113

Karolina Fetz

Karolina Fetz

Research associate in the project "Determinants of resilience towards radicalization in adolescence"

Dr. Tim Müller

Junior Research Group Leader (assistant professor level)

Fon: +49 (0)30 2093-46264