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Volume :39 Issue : 151 2013      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Motivations of Terrorist Behavior Among Youth in the Kuwaiti Society : A Study on the Interactive Relationship Between the Individual, Family and Society .

Auther : Dr. Hayfaa Y. Al-Kandari

     This study aims to investigate the different types of motivations regarding the terrorist behavior among youths in Kuwaiti society. The focus was on identifying the perceptions of fathers and mothers (505 individual) about three domains of terrorist behavior's motivations: Individual, Family, and Society. A survey was conducted using the Motivation of Terrorist Behavior Scale to assess its psychometrics’ characteristics. The results revealed that the most important motivations related to the individual's domain, which leads to the emergence of terrorist behavior is the influence of bad youth companions, belonging to political groups, leisure time, and the desire for vengeance of the community, respectively. Also, the results indicated that the most important motivations related to the family's domain is the absence of parental guidance, weak family’s supervision, weak religious awareness in the family, the lack of good example, incorrect interpretation of the religion, neglect of children, family disintegration, encouraging children to use violence against the government for change, limited dialog between parents and children, family problems, emotional deprivation, the involvement of children in radical religious organizations, religious militancy from the parents towards their children, and the educations of the children on the use of force for change, respectively. It is also reported that the most important motivations related to the society's domain is the government reluctance in the suppression of terrorism, the limited number of institutions that adopt the views of young people, the preoccupation of the state to the prevailing problems in the country, electronic forums and pages in the Internet, weak government control of the religious programs, and lack of opportunities for the participation of youth in community development, respectively. The results revealed that also differences in motivated terrorist behavior relating to the individuals and society in accordance with marital status variable. The investigation of motives toward terrorist behavior could help developing plans for the future including family services, social and political categories targeting youth at risk of exploitation by terrorist goups.

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