Psychological Factors and Violent Extremism Among Pakistan Youth: A Qualitative Approach
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Violent extremism (VE) has emerged as an important phenomenon across the world and especially in Pakistan. This qualitative study focuses on the psychological factors of behind VE among Pakistani youth. The study applied qualitative approach to explore such factors that incite youth towards extremist activities. The study consists of 4 focus group discussions with youth. Thematic analysis was employed to analyze the data. Factors identified are low self-control, neuroticism, lack of empathy, low self-esteem, and need for identity. Findings of the study indicated that identified psychological factors can have a great influence on extremist violence in youth. The study provides a set of recommendations for future researchers to further explore and understand the underlying psychological factors of violent extremism.
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