Same but Different? Developmental Pathways to Demonstrative Targeted Attacks

Analysis of incidents over the past ten years in Germany reveals that the boundaries between targeted attacks in schools and terrorist attacks are starting to blur. Böckler, Leuschner, Roth, Zick, and Scheithauer (2018) recently presented a set of hypotheses about similarities between the developmental pathways of school attackers and lone actor terrorists.

To date there is only a small body of empirical research comparing these two forms of targeted violence in depth. In order to fill this gap, this article presents findings from a qualitative analysis of prosecution files comparing the developmental pathways of German school attackers and Jihadi attackers, who committed their attacks between 2000 and 2013.

Authors: Böckler, Nilsa* | Leuschner, Vincenzb | Zick, Andreasc | Scheithauer, Herbertd

Journal: International Journal of Developmental Science, vol. 12, no. 1-2, pp. 5-24, 2018

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