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Trauma, Trust in Government, and Social Connection: How Social Context Shapes Attitudes Related to the Use of Ideologically or Politically Motivated Violence

NCJ Number
Studies in Conflict & Terrorism Dated: 2019
Date Published
12 pages
This study examined how grievances and social connection among Somali immigrants are associated with attitudes towards radicalization to violence.

Data were obtained from structured interviews with 213 Somali young adult men living in North America. Structural Equation Modeling was used to test the association of grievances with attitudes in support of political violence, and the mediating role of social connection (ethnic community belonging, attachment to nation of residence, and social comfort seeking online). Both grievances and social connection/disconnection relate to support for political violence, but in complex ways. Findings are discussed in relation to prevention of violent extremism. (publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: January 1, 2019