Psychological Assessment and Interventions for Individuals Linked to Radicalization and Lone Wolf Terrorism

Psychological Assessment and Interventions in Radicalized Individuals

Author(s): Carlo Lazzari*, Georgios Mousailidis, Abdul Nusair, Basavaraja Papanna and Ahmed Shoka

Pp: 100-111 (12)

DOI: 10.2174/9789814998338121010009

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


The planet has been the scene of numerous disturbing scenarios of violent acts by radicalized individuals who operate independently without any terrorist organization’s formal affiliation. They are called ‘lone wolves’ or ‘lone actors.’ Experts in mental health will help detect radicalization and deter it by robust assessment of people at risk of radicalization. Also, community mental-health practitioners are privileged to detect the societal signs that indicate a radicalized entourage that might favor potential victims of it, including children. The current Delphi study, inclusive of focus groups, was conducted by psychiatrists familiar with radicalization in different countries and across varied cultures and explained significant aspects of the psychology of radicalization in the lone wolf.

Keywords: Assessment, Interventions, Lone Wolf, Psychology, Radicalization.

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