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NCJ Number: 250029 Find in a Library
Title: Narratives of Childhood Adversity and Adolescent Misconduct as Precursors to Violent Extremism - A Life-Course Criminological Approach
Journal: Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency  Volume:53  Issue:4  Dated:July 2016  Pages:536-563
Author(s): P. Simi; K. Sporer; B. F. Bubolz
Date Published: July 2016
Page Count: 28
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: NIJ -2014-3751
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined how non-ideological factors, such as childhood risk factors and adolescent conduct problems, precede participation in violent extremism (VE).
Abstract: Based on self-reports, the study found the substantial presence of childhood risk factors and adolescent conduct problems to be precursors to participation in violent extremist groups. The findings suggest that pathways to VE are more complex than previously identified in the literature and that violent extremists are a heterogeneous population of offenders whose life histories resemble members of conventional street gangs and generic criminal offenders. Researchers conducted in-depth life-history interviews with former members of violent White supremacist groups (N = 44) to examine their childhood and adolescent experiences, and how they explain the factors that led to the onset of VE. The article concludes with a discussion of implications related to criminological theory, directions for future research, and study limitations. 36 references (Publisher abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Abused children; Adolescents at risk; Child abuse; Child abuse as crime factor; Child abuse as delinquency factor; Crime Risk Factors; Domestic terrorism; International terrorism; NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources; Terrorism causes; Terrorist profiles; Violence causes
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