Methods for diagnosing tendencies towards to extremism in foreign studies



The threat of extremist behavior is one of the important problems of the modern world. The theoretical aspect of the psychology of extremism and its manifestations has not been sufficiently developed, which gives rise to methodological difficulties in the study and measurement of extremist personality tendencies. The article presents the results of the authors' work on the systematization of information about modern methods of revealing a propensity to extremism and identifying persons loyal to extremist ideology. The existing criteria of extremism as a behavioral, cognitive and characterological phenomenon are also analyzed. The methods used to diagnose the factors associated with extremism are analyzed, and the general specificity is revealed. The authors provide a methodological rationale for each technique, describe the features of their application in practice, consider the psychometric parameters of the techniques, identify the advantages and limitations. An analytical tool has been developed — a comparative table of the analyzed methods according to the selected criteria.

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Keywords: extremism, tendencies towards to extremism, radicalism, authoritarianism, method, questionnaire

Journal rubric: Labour Psychology and Engineering Psychology

Article type: review article


Funding. The reported study was funded by the Government of Primorsky Krai, project number 11-06-00241 «Method for diagnosing extremist tendencies of the person in educational institutions of the Primorsky Krai».

For citation: Elzesser A.S., Kapustina T.V., Zhdanova D.E., Kadirov R.V. Methods for diagnosing tendencies towards to extremism in foreign studies [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2022. Vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 68–79. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2022110107. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Anastasiya S. Elzesser, Lecturer, Department of General Psychological Disciplines, Pacific State Medical University, Vladivostok, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Tatyana V. Kapustina, PhD in Psychology, Lecturer at the Department of General Psychological Disciplines, Pacific State Medical University, Vladivostok, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Darya E. Zhdanova, 3rd year student of the Faculty, Public Health, Pacific State Medical University, Vladivostok, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Ruslan V. Kadirov, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of General Psychological Disciplines, Pacific State Medical University, Vladivostok, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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