Parental reaction towards radicalization in young people

Elga Sikkens, Stijn Sieckelinck, Marion van San, Micha de Winter

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This paper focuses on radicalization from a parenting perspective; we propose an approach that sees radicalization as a possibility in adolescent development, and as part of the interaction with the adolescent's social environment and socialization. The aim of the study is to discover how parents react when their adolescent develops extreme ideals. Using 55 in-depth interviews with young people who have extreme ideals and their parents, the parental reactions towards these ideals are explored. Subsequently, the reactions are categorized according to two dimensions (control and support). This study shows how parents struggle when confronted with radicalization and shift to less demanding responses due to powerlessness, dissociation and parental uncertainty.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1044-1053
Number of pages10
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2017
Externally publishedYes


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