- “Fear without Prejudice in the Shadow of Jihadist Threat” by Marco Giani. Comparative Political Studies, First Published October 14, 2020
- “Autism spectrum disorders and terrorism: how different features of autism can contextualise vulnerability and resilience” by Zainab Al-Attar. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, Published online: 12 Oct 2020
- “A Comparative Study of Initial Involvement in Gangs and Political Extremism” by Michael H. Becker, Scott H. Decker, Gary LaFree, David C. Pyrooz, Kyle Ernest & Patrick A. James. Terrorism and Political Violence, Published online: 22 Oct 2020
- “Conspiracy Beliefs and Violent Extremist Intentions: The Contingent Effects of Self-efficacy, Self-control and Law-related Morality” by Bettina Rottweiler &Paul Gill. Terrorism and Political Violence, Published online: 20 Oct 2020
- “Severe Mental Disorder and Terrorism: When Psychosis, PTSD and Addictions Become a Vulnerability” by Zainab Al-Attar. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, Published online: 20 Oct 2020
- “Ritual, Spectacle, and Menace: An Ancient Oath-Sacrifice and an IS “Message” Video” by Margo Kitts. Journal of Religion and Violence, Volume 8, Issue 2, 2020, Pages 133-152
- “Community perspectives of former terrorist combatants, militants and reintegration programmes in Nigeria: a systematic review” by Tarela Juliet Ike ,Danny Singh, Sean Murphy, Dung Ezekiel Jidong, Fran Porritt & Evangelyn Ebi Ayobi. Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, Published online: 27 Oct 2020
This study analyzes the effects of conspiracy beliefs on violent extremist intentions. More specifically, we investigate whether the relationship between conspiracy beliefs and violent extremism depends upon individual characteristics such as varying levels of self-efficacy, self-control, and law-relevant morality. Variable interactions examine where conspiracy beliefs exert strong effects on violent extremist intentions. The analysis is based on a German nationally representative survey (N = 1502). To our knowledge, it is the first and only nationally representative survey carried out in violent extremism research.
Our results confirm that a stronger conspiracy mentality leads to increased violent extremist intentions. However, this relationship is contingent on several individual differences. The effects are much stronger for individuals exhibiting lower self-control, holding a weaker law-relevant morality, and scoring higher in self-efficacy. Conversely, when stronger conspiracy beliefs are held in combination with high self-control and a strong law-relevant morality, violent extremist intentions are lower. Such individual features thus constitute interactive protective factors for violent extremism. These results have important implications for practice in the area of violent extremism risk assessment and management. Conceptually, the results demonstrate the need to further elaborate the conditional effects of certain risk as well as protective factors for violent extremism.