Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-23092
Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Identity diffusion and extremist attitudes in adolescence
Authors: Isenhardt, Anna
Kamenowski, Maria
Manzoni, Patrik
Haymoz, Sandrine
Jacot, Cédric
Baier, Dirk
et. al: No
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.711466
10.21256/zhaw-23092
Published in: Frontiers in Psychology
Volume(Issue): 12
Issue: 711466
Issue Date: Sep-2021
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Frontiers Research Foundation
ISSN: 1664-1078
Language: English
Subjects: Identity; Right-wing extremism; Left-wing extremism; Islamist extremism; Parenting; Life event; Academic performance
Subject (DDC): 303: Social processes
Further description: Various theoretical approaches assume that identity diffusion is an influencing factor of extremism. However, there are hardly any empirical tests on this relationship. Based on a nationwide survey of 8,317 young people in Switzerland, the study analyses whether identity diffusion is associated with right-wing extremist, left-wing extremist, and Islamist extremist attitudes. In addition, the study tests whether identity diffusion mediates the influence of family and school-related variables on extremist attitudes. The results show that identity diffusion primarily increases approval of left-wing extremist and Islamist extremist attitudes. Furthermore, identity diffusion mediates to a small extent the influence of parenting on extremist attitudes.
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/23092
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Departement: Social Work
Organisational Unit: Institute of Delinquency and Crime Prevention (IDK)
Published as part of the ZHAW project: Politischer Extremismus unter Jugendlichen in der Schweiz: Verbreitung und Einflussfaktoren
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