How robust is the moderating effect of extremist beliefs on the relationship between self-control and violent extremism?

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title How robust is the moderating effect of extremist beliefs on the relationship between self-control and violent extremism?
Author Pauwels, Lieven ; Svensson, Robert
Date 2017
English abstract
The present research note studies the interaction between the ability to exercise self-control and extremist moral beliefs with regard to the explanation of violent extremism. Although some evidence exists for the interaction between moral beliefs and self-control in the explanation of adolescent offending, no previous study has studied this interaction effect in a survey of young adults and with regard to politically or religiously motivated violence. This study therefore extends the existing literature by testing a key proposition of Situational Action Theory. We use a large-scale web survey of young adults in Belgium. The results support the hypothesis that the effect of the ability to exercise self-control is conditional upon one’s extremist beliefs. The results are stable across extremism-specific measures of extremist beliefs.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0011128716687757 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher SAGE
Host/Issue Crime & Delinquency;8
Volume 63
ISSN 0011-1287
Pages 1000-1016
Language eng (iso)
Subject Situational Action Theory
violent extremism
self-control
extremist beliefs
interaction
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/23248 Permalink to this page
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