While there are reasons to expect that peer harassment experienced in adolescence is positively related to political radicalisation, this relationship has not yet been investigated. Marta Miklikowska, Katarzyna Jasko (from CSCS), and Ales Kudrnac examined this hypothesis in the five-wave study of Swedish adolescents.
The results revealed that in years when adolescents experienced more peer harassment than they usually do, they contemporaneously increased in political radicalism. Moreover, youth who experienced more harassment had higher levels of radicalism. At the same time, adolescents who had more supportive teachers or parents were less affected by harassment than youth with less-supportive adults. The findings suggest that personal experiences of harassment increase the risk of radicalism but supportive relationships can mitigate their negative consequences.
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