Psykologisk Institut

Simon Ozer

The Moral Compass and Life Skills in Navigating Radicalization Processes: Examining the Interplay among Life Skills, Moral Disengagement, and Extremism

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The present study investigated the interplay among deficient life skills, moral disengagement, and extremist attitude across two national contexts. Using a sample of young students in high school or college (N = 686), the present study found significant indirect effects between deficient life skills (agency and structure) and various aspects of an extremist mindset through moral disengagement. These findings suggest that these two psychological concepts of life skills and moral disengagement are relevant for understanding and countering violent radicalization processes; that is to say that morality can direct the life skills toward either violent extremism or nonviolent, legal civil participation. Furthermore, the development and empowerment of life skills could enhance individual resilience to morally disengaging narratives and radicalized ideologies.
TidsskriftScandinavian Journal of Psychology
StatusAccepteret/In press - 2020

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