Young people can be stopped from getting radicalised by various ideologies through family and marriage, a Turkish report said.
A report to be presented to a ministerial conference in Saudi Arabia said that political socialization during childhood and adolescence makes people less vulnerable to the “propaganda of new ideologies”.
The report by the Ankara-based Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) will be presented at a two-day Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting in Jeddah on Thursday.
Children who lack political guidance from parents are “more susceptible to be influenced by political rhetoric and propaganda, including that of aberrant and violent ideologies,” the study said.
These findings suggest that political functions of family and marital union are especially indispensable for the OIC member countries, given the prevalence of political conflict, political violence and the malaise of violent extremism in these countriesThe report by SESRIC
The report also added that the studies in OIC countries have highlighted the “potent role of family in preventing the youth from being allured into extremist ideologies and movements.”
A 2007 study from Palestine also seconded the report as it stated that married individuals were less likely to participate in terrorism.
“Family and marriage can have an important dampening influence on radicalization,” the report said.
The report also urged policymakers to take a more serious approach to the unique role and position of the family in reinstituting political stability and combating extremism.”