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March 3, 2015

Teens & Randicalism

Dr. Stehle commented on an article published in the Sacramento Bee

Re “Young woman lures teens to Islamic State” (Page A1, Feb. 25): As a mother and clinical psychologist, I was deeply moved by the article that described bright, capable teenage Muslim women leaving their homes to join the Islamic State, seemingly throwing their lives away.

Teenagers see and feel the wrongs in the world deeply and are frequently disillusioned with adults. There is a search for ideals, a search for freedom in thought, feeling and physical expression. Teens have a deep wish to use their talents to make the world a better place, but what happens when the young person is not received by the larger community?

When society does not find a way to test and welcome youth or if a legitimate path does not appear, then youth can be radicalized and anarchy and revolution become attractive.


Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article11393951.html#storylink=cpy


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