Allard, F. , Mann, L. & Doosje, B.- 2014
Quantitative results are reported of a longitudinal evaluation of a resilience training as a possible method to prevent violent radicalization. A total of 46 male and female Muslim adolescents and young adults with a migrant background participated. Results show that the training significantly increased participants’ reports of agency and a marginal increase was found in reported self-esteem, empathy and perspective taking but also narcissism. Attitudes toward ideologybased violence and own violent intentions were significantly lower after the training than before. Higher reports of empathy were related to less positive attitudes toward ideology-based violence. These results suggest that an intervention aimed at empowering individuals in combination with strengthening empathy is successful in countering violent radicalization.