Preventing Future Terrorism: Intervening on Youth Radicalization

  • Alana Siegel
  • Sophie Brickman
  • Zoe Goldberg
  • Ruth Pat-HorenczykEmail author
Part of the Integrating Psychiatry and Primary Care book series (IPPC)


The international rise of radicalization, particularly prevalent among young adults, is now considered to be a serious and growing security threat to the world. Radicalization is understood to be a precursor to engaging in terrorism-related actions, and intervention is vital. This chapter reviews the various pathways to youth radicalization, followed by a presentation of several theoretical explanations as to why youth may become radicalized. We adopt a trauma-informed perspective for examining the various risk factors for youth radicalization and suggest prevention and intervention programs to counteract this radicalization. This chapter focuses on specific, systemic arenas that can be impacted by radicalization—the family, school, prison, community, internet, and government—and suggests specific means for future interventions in each domain for youth at risk of radicalization. Examining these arenas can provide insight into why combating radicalization remains a daunting task and why it is of critical importance to coordinate activities across the various ecological circles to effectively counter radicalization.


Radicalization Trauma Terrorism Interventions Youth Risk factors 


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  • Alana Siegel
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  • Sophie Brickman
    • 1
  • Zoe Goldberg
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  • Ruth Pat-Horenczyk
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social WelfareThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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