Daphne L. Alberda1*, Nils Duits, Kees van den Bos, Anneke Autsema and Maaike Kempes
Department of Science and Education, Netherlands Institute of Psychiatry and Psychology, Utrecht, Netherlands
Abstract: In this study differences on VERA-2R risk indicators are examined between 21 Jihadist offenders who were convicted for homicide and a comparison group of 30 persons convicted for other Jihadist terrorist offences using data of the EDT. The results reveal that a number of risk and protective indicators differ between both groups. For example, but the homicide group more frequently expressed anger, moral outrage, or hatred in response to the perceived injustice than the comparison group.
Additionally, the homicide group was less often motivated to commit their terrorist offences by group belonging compared with the non-homicide group. With respect to the protective indicators, persons in the comparison group more often reject violence as a means to achieve goals. Although further research is necessary, the results from this study indicate that a differentiated approach might be needed for risk assessment and risk management of the terrorist offender population.