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", Project Director of JUNITED

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

Dr. Tim Müller

Junior Research Group Leader (assistant professor level)

Fon: +49 (0)30 2093-46264