Topic: Disasters, terror and stress management

Close relatives, police and concern; Management and prevention of radicalization and violent extremism.

2016 This project has been completed 2021

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Main objective

This project studies the ways in which assistance services and close relatives face and deal with violent extremism and the radicalization process.  By examining how concern in connection to the radicalization process and extremism arises and is managed, we wish to gain insight as to which role close relatives play in the prevention of radicalization and how assistance services and their procedures can best assist  close relative in handling this type of situation. We would also like to investigate how the government, represented by the police comprehends the challenges they face and how they try to find solutions in collaboration with the other assistance services. Furthermore, we wish to shed light on what type of interactions, relations and cooperation take place between close relatives and police/other assistance services and in what way these conditions impact the prevention of violent extremism.


Hellevik, P., Andersen, A. J., & Førde, K. E. (2022). Policing mental health? Norwegian police’s work with preventing radicalization into violent extremism. Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression. doi:10.1080/19434472.2022.2067211

Førde, K. E., & Andersen, A. J. (2021). «Basically, I am here to help you»: Police conversation interventions in the prevention of radicalisation and violent extremism as a pastoral technique of power. Nordisk Tidsskrift for Kriminalvidenskab (NTfK), 108(2), 311-326. doi:10.7146/ntfk.v108i2.128526

Førde, K. E., & Andersen, A. J. (2019). Bekymring – Hva er det, og hva gjør det? In S. Lid & G. Heierstad (Red.) Forebygging av radikalisering og voldelig ekstremisme. Norske handlemåter i møtet med terror (pp. 51-67). Gyldendal Akademisk.

Førde, K. E., & Andersen, A. J. (2018). Bekymringsarbeidet. Dilemmaer og muligheter i lokal forebygging av radikalisering og voldelig ekstremisme i Norge [Concern work. Dilemmas and possibilities in local prevention of radicalization and violent extremism in Norway] Norwegian only. Oslo: Nasjonalt kunnskapssenter om vold og traumatisk stress. (Rapport 4/2018).