Disentangling Support for Violent and Non-violent Radicalization among Adolescents: A Latent Profile Analysis

Diana Miconi*, Aoudou Njingouo Mounchingam, Michela Zambelli, Cécile Rousseau

*Autore corrispondente per questo lavoro

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Abstract

Although support for violent and non-violent radicalization can co-occur, only a few adolescents who support non-violent radicalization also support or engage in violent acts. Yet, little is known about what factors are associated with adolescents’ paths towards or away from violent and/or non-violent radicalization. Within a socio-ecological and positive youth development framework, this study investigates profiles of support for violent and non-violent radicalization among adolescents attending high schools in Quebec (Canada) and whether such profiles are differently associated with experiences of social adversity, school-, family- and peer-related factors and psychological distress. Adolescents (N =1911; Mage =15.7; SDage =0.98; 48.7% girls) completed an online survey during school hours. A Latent Profile Analysis on scores of support for violent and non-violent radicalization was conducted. A multinomial logistic regression was used to explore the associations between profiles and variables of interest. We identified six profiles of adolescents. The heterogeneity of profiles suggested multiple and complex combinations of support for violent and non-violent radicalization as well as their coexistence in some but not all profiles. Adolescents who reported less discrimination, more positive school experiences and more family support were less likely to belong to profiles that supported violence. Primary prevention efforts in the field of support for violent radicalization must adopt a socio-ecological and social justice approach and consider the diversity of adolescents’ profiles, attitudes and experiences.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)N/A-N/A
RivistaJournal of Youth and Adolescence
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Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2024

Keywords

  • Radicalization
  • Violence
  • Latent profile analysis
  • School climate
  • Discrimination
  • Adolescence

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