The focus group followed a scenario of a semi-structured discussion. It focused on the topic of radicalization and understanding of violent extremism, in order to identify and communicate cases of radicalization towards designing a specific program for effective prevention and intervention with young people and children. You can find more information on the focus group methodology here.
Several conclusions stood out: if a young person does not have any space for discussion and for exchange, and hasn’t yet developed a strong personality, the person is more open for extreme ideologies; it is more likely that a young person joins an extremist group, if the person always had strong ties to a particular ideology and if the ideology was normal in the family setting; the sensibilization is crucial, directly addressing the narratives and sometimes you need provocation; etc. Participants called for more funding for collaborative projects and the development of a practitioners’ network for exchanging practices.
The joint results will present the findings of all focus groups and will be published in the last quarter of 2019.