Demographic variables predicting ISIS and Daesh armed political violence

  • Othman AlkhadherEmail author
  • Nicholas C. Scull


This study recruited 30 members of ISIS and Daesh groups held in Kuwait’s Central Prison to understand the contribution of demographic data, rigidity, and behavioral change in predicting armed political violence. The results showed significant negative correlations between armed political violence and income, education, and behavioral change, and a positive correlation between armed political violence and rigidity. No significant correlation was found with regard to age, number of children, family size, or birth order. The overall multiple correlation coefficient revealed that 77% of the variance in armed political violence could be explained significantly by rigidity alone. Additionally, those who showed positive change in their behavior had scored significantly less armed political violence compared with those who showed no change. The theoretical and practical implications of these findings were discussed.


Violence Demographic data Income Education Family size Birth order Rigidity Behavior change ISIS Al-Qaeda 



This work was supported and funded by Kuwait University Research Grant No. |OP04/16|.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology Department, Faculty of Social SciencesKuwait UniversityKeifanKuwait
  2. 2.General Education, College of Arts and SciencesAmerican University of KuwaitSafatKuwait

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