Preventing Future Terrorism: Intervening on Youth Radicalization

Alana Siegel, Sophie Brickman, Zoe Goldberg, Ruth Pat-Horenczyk

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The international rise of radicalization, particularly prevalent among young adults, is now considered to be a serious and growing security threat to the world. Radicalization is understood to be a precursor to engaging in terrorism-related actions, and intervention is vital. This chapter reviews the various pathways to youth radicalization, followed by a presentation of several theoretical explanations as to why youth may become radicalized. We adopt a trauma-informed perspective for examining the various risk factors for youth radicalization and suggest prevention and intervention programs to counteract this radicalization. This chapter focuses on specific, systemic arenas that can be impacted by radicalization—the family, school, prison, community, internet, and government—and suggests specific means for future interventions in each domain for youth at risk of radicalization. Examining these arenas can provide insight into why combating radicalization remains a daunting task and why it is of critical importance to coordinate activities across the various ecological circles to effectively counter radicalization.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationAn International Perspective on Disasters and Children's Mental Health
EditorsChristina W. Hoven, Lawrence V. Amsel, Sam Tyano
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-15872-9
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

Name Integrating Psychiatry and Primary Care


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