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Assessing the behavioural trajectories of terrorists: The role of psychological resilience

Corner, E; Taylor, H; Clemmow, C; (2021) Assessing the behavioural trajectories of terrorists: The role of psychological resilience. Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward Terrorism and Genocide 10.1080/17467586.2021.1955289. (In press).

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Abstract

Within studies critically examining terrorist behaviour, the examination of mental health has largely focused on the relationship with the movement towards terrorist involvement. The impact of engagement in terrorism upon mental health has rarely been studied. However, recent research has shown that there is an association between terrorist engagement and the occurrence of mental health problems across the spectrum of terrorist involvement. This work therefore expands on previous research, and disaggregates three discrete stages of terrorist involvement; pre-engagement, engagement, and disengagement, to critically examine the role of psychological resilience on mental health. To determine whether psychological resilience protects against the negative psychological repercussions of terrorist involvement, we undertake cluster analyses. Results indicate that there is a subset of actors who demonstrate psychological resilience, and appear to maintain their mental health despite their experiences during involvement in terrorism.

Type: Article
Title: Assessing the behavioural trajectories of terrorists: The role of psychological resilience
DOI: 10.1080/17467586.2021.1955289
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/17467586.2021.1955289
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10134651
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