Commitment and motivation

This domain describes eight possible individual motivations or indicators that are drivers of violent extremism.

Such motivations are important for planning intervention programs and for understanding the individual’s risk and threat level. It is important to identify the distinctive combination of the drivers of the action and their relative importance to the individual. Changes in these indicators can provide feedback on the efficacy of intervention and the emergence of change in individual drivers of violent extremism. These motivations are divided in someone’s religious or moral obligation, criminal opportunism, group belonging, excitement and adventure, forced participation, status and/or a quest for significance in life.