“My In-group is Superior!”: Susceptibility for Radical Right-wing Attitudes and Behaviors in Dutch Youth


  • We thank the Ministry of Justice of the Netherlands (NCTb/WODC) for awarding a grant to finance this research. This research was also funded in part by a VICI innovational research grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO, 453.03.603) awarded to K. van den Bos. We thank the head (A. W. A. Erkens) and members of the supervising committee (F. Beijaard, D. Carabain, J. Dagevos, F. van Gemert, J. J. van Miert, C. Nassau, and C. J. de Poot) for their useful comments during this research project.

Bertjan Doosje, Department of Social Psychology, University of Amsterdam, Weesperplein 4, 1081 XA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; e-mail: doosje@uva.nl


In this study among Dutch youth (= 1086), we focus on the determinants of the susceptibility for adopting radical right-wing attitudes and behaviors. By means of structural equation modeling, we find that (a) perceived injustice, (b) perceived group threat, (c) relative deprivation, and (d) identification with the Dutch are important background determinants of a radical right-wing belief system (e.g., perceived in-group superiority, perceived illegitimacy of Dutch authorities, perceived distance to others, and a feeling of being socially disconnected). Perceived in-group superiority in turn is positively associated with endorsement of right-wing motivated violence, which is a determinant of own violent intentions. Results are discussed in terms of the role of various determinants of the process of susceptibility of extreme right-wing belief system.