Risk of Muslim youths adopting radical behaviour

GRANADA University has alerted of the need to act in some areas to prevent young Muslims from adopting radical behaviour. El Puche district, in Almeria, is one of the areas at greatest risk, according to the study. Attending certain mosques raises the risk factor in urban areas which have been identified as ‘hot spots’.

Other factors are social status, position, education and behaviour.

The researchers from the Social Psychology and Methodology of Behavioural Sciences Department recommend that action be taken to help the youths integrate with Spanish society and prevent them from interacting only with other young Muslims.

Dozens of danger areas have been identified in Spain, and one of the suggestions to prevent radicalization is to demand that imams take specific training and help the youths so that they do not feel excluded or marginalized.

Surprisingly, the results showed that young Muslim women were possible more likely to defend radical Muslim ideology than men.

The study was carried out with 1,952 youths at 34 schools in 24 locations in Spain, of which 282 were Muslims.


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