skip navigation

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 

NCJ Number: 222187 Find in a Library
Title: Application of the Social Learning Theory to Domestic Terrorist Recruitment
Author(s): Richard J. Hughbank; David L. Hughbank
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Extreme Terrorism Consulting, LLC
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Sale Source: Extreme Terrorism Consulting, LLC
7545 Montarbor Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the application of social learning theory in explaining domestic terrorist recruitment.
Abstract: When first developed, the social learning theory directly associated criminal behavior with individual learned traits through varying and dynamic human interactions in an environment conducive to violent and unrestrained behavior. In today’s world, with acts of terrorism more prevalent, this theory can be used to examine and explain how domestic recruits decide to seek out acceptance and understanding from a religiously or politically motivated terrorist organization. In understanding the personality of individuals determined to execute terroristic acts against their own society, law enforcement and correctional communities trying to prevent such attacks will have a greater potential of identifying and dealing with the psychosis that accompanies these aggressors. This article briefly discusses how the social learning theory applies to international terrorism recruiting within the United States, the recruiting techniques of various prison gangs, and how the use of sociological theories can identify advanced personality signs and prove to be valid indicators to those who know what to look for.
Main Term(s): Domestic terrorism
Index Term(s): Counter-terrorism tactics; Individual behavior; Motivation; Offender profiles; Police response to terrorism; Social Learning; Terrorism/Mass Violence; Threat assessment
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=244084

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.