Assessing the Risk of Radicalisation in Adolescents and Young Adults: Some Empirical Evidence



Based on M. Hogg’s uncertainty-identity theory, a radicalisation risk assessment model was formulated. The aim of the presented study was to test the model for assessing the risk of radicalisation in adolescents and young people. A total of 580 adolescents and young people aged from 14 to 27 years (M=17.32, SD=1.66) took part in the study; 392 respondents were female, 7 respondents did not indicate their gender. The main method of the study was a survey in the form of a questionnaire. The risk assessment model got partial empirical support. For further validation of the model it was proposed to implement the following steps: 1) to identify the particularities of social identities in a subsample of schoolchildren; 2) to analyse the characteristics of the groups with which schoolchildren and students identify themselves; 3) based on the results of the most recent studies, it is proposed to use the method of social identity mapping, which demonstrates its advantages over traditional ways of measuring social identity.

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Keywords: radicalisation, mechanisms of radicalisation, feeling of uncertainty, social identity, risk assessment model

Journal rubric: Methodological Problems of Legal Psychology

Article type: scientific article


Funding. The work was performed as a part of the research project “Assessment of the radicalisation risk among young people” (State assignment of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation, no. 073-00038-23-02 dated 13.02.2023)

Received: 23.07.2023


For citation: Dvoryanchikov N.V., Bovin B.G., Melnikova D.V., Belova E.D., Bovina I.B. Assessing the Risk of Radicalisation in Adolescents and Young Adults: Some Empirical Evidence [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2023. Vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 93–107. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2023130307. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Nikolay V. Dvoryanchikov, PhD in Psychology, Docent, Dean, Faculty of Legal and Forensic Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Boris G. Bovin, PhD in Psychology, Docent, Leading Researcher, Federal State Institution Research Institute of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Darya V. Melnikova, Lecturer, Department of Clinical and Forensic Psychology, Faculty of Legal Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Evgeniya D. Belova, Specialist, Faculty of Legal Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Inna B. Bovina, Doctor of Psychology, Research Director, Associate Professor, Department of Clinical and Legal Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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